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Natural Disasters – What Would You Do?

In the wake of the I Survived series that is SO popular in my library (seriously, I CANNOT keep them on my shelf!), natural disasters and historical events have become even more popular. I noticed in my fliers for book fair, which is next week, there is even a new series called Disaster Strikes! The 4th grade AG teacher and I started a project last year to go along with Island of the Blue Dolphins about natural disasters and formed it to go along with the Choose Your Own Adventure type books. You can read more about the project itself in this post from last year, but here are a few pictures from this year’s group.

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Working out the decision trees

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Close up of one of the decision trees

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Combining information from research into the story and choices for the decision tree

Choose Your Own Disaster

Our fourth grade AIG class was studying natural disasters and we wanted to come up with something new. So, using the Choose Your Own Adventure books I loved growing up as inspiration, we decided to have them research a disaster and come up with different scenarios for what to do. We started with research, then had them break the information into 2 possible choices, with two results each. The graphic organizer helped them get that part! Once they did the research, they wrote a paragraph for each spot on the organizer, then cut them out and pasted them on chart paper on which they added a title, etc. I took some pictures of the final projects but they all turned out too dark to see very well for some reason. What new ideas for presenting information have you used or seen?

Research, research, research! The blue paper on top is the rubric.

Research, research, research! The blue paper on top is the rubric.

Working on the paragraphs for the choices.

Working on the paragraphs for the choices.

Graphic organizer to help organize our choices!

Graphic organizer to help organize our choices!