DISASTERS ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
Directions: Choose ONE of question from the 10 essential
questions listed below.
You may NOT choose an assignment
that is written in either of the other colors.
Everyone may choose an assignment
written in black.
At least ONE assignment from the
three choices (General Knowledge, Projects, and
Essential Questions) must be chosen in your color.
People often say it is the randomness of
natural disasters that makes them devastating. Define randomness. Define devastating. Explain how natural disasters are random
and are NOT random. Use examples
form the list of natural disasters to show both ideas.
Global warming is a topic that
has recently been on the minds of our government officials. You are a member of the EPA and have
been chosen to give a speech to the president and congress concerning
global warming and the possible effects on natural disasters on our
planet. Write the speech.
Natural disasters are the biggest cause of
death for millions of people. If we
could harness natural disasters and they would no longer be a threat to
life how would the earth and its inhabitants be affected. Write an essay explaining the outcome of
the harnessing of natural disasters.
- Explain the new technology that allows
scientists to track and know when and where natural disasters will
occur. What could be done to make
the notification and evacuation process better for natural disasters? Research natural disasters and the
technology that is used to detect them.
Write an essay explaining what you have learned.
Man-made disasters often cause natural
disasters. When and how has this
occurred around the world? Why does
it continue to occur?
When warned about a natural disaster arriving
at a certain location some residents do not heed the warning. Explain situations when this has
happened. Why does it occur?
Why, when people know some of the hazards of
living in certain places do people choose to live there anyway? Pinpoint locations that are known to be
on the path of a particular natural disaster and explain why people choose
to live there.
Research the scientists who have been
involved in the science of natural disasters who have made an impact on
their effect to humankind. Who are
they and how are their contributions able to help the people of the world
live with natural disasters?
Natural disasters occur, once they occur, what
ability have we as individuals, as governments, as institutions, etc. have
to help each other, warn each other, and give support to those who suffer
from the effects of the disaster.
Write a public service announcement for a T.V. commercial or a
website that will get this point across to people.
We know a great deal more today about
natural disasters than we did in the past.
This has helped our notification process and less people are
impacted by the wrath of the disasters
than in centuries
before. Choose natural disasters
from the past and show how we have learned from them. How has this learning helped
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