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Project 2: The Perils of Plate Tectonics (Orion Group)

As part of the next issue of National Geographic, your help is needed to create a list of the 5 most dangerous places to live in the world. Knowing that you are studying plate tectonics, we want the magazine article to focus on dangerous places that are found along plate boundaries. 

With the unpredictable nature of earthquakes and volcanoes, this article will help those individuals looking to relocate to safe places in the world. As part of this article we are looking for the following items: 
  • An article that introduces plate tectonics including the major three boundaries 
  • The type of features most commonly found at each plate boundary 
  • An outline of the area of the world that is most geologically active 
  • A list of 5 places that might be considered dangerous including an explanation for why that place is dangerous 
    • Focusing on the three types of boundaries. 
In addition to the magazine article, we would like you to include a multimedia presentation explaining the specific hazards at the location you feel is the most dangerous. It should include the following information:
  • The name of the city 
  • The type of plate boundary that is affecting the area 
  • History of three major geologic events related to the plate boundary 
  • Safety measures that residents of the city can use if they decide not to move. 
You can choose one of the following programs to create your multimedia presentation:
  • Windows Live Movie Maker 
  • Prezi (see Mrs. Wilson for account) 
  • Animoto (see Mrs. Wilson for account) 
  • Wideo (see Mrs. Wilson for account) 
  • Storybird (see Mrs. Wilson for account) 
  • PowToon (see Mrs. Wilson for account). 
With your final project you will turn in the following pieces:
  1. Big Idea Chart 
  2. Facts Chart 
  3. National Geographic Article (typed or handwritten) with illustrations 
  4. Video storyboard (this should be completed before you begin your multimedia presentation) 
  5. Multimedia presentation link 
Project Timeline:

Day 1: Thursday, November 14, 2013 – introduce project and begin research
Day 2: Friday, November 15, 2013 – continue research – top five cities should be decided on by end of class
Day 3: Monday, November 18, 2013 – complete research and article
Day 4: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – complete storyboard for multimedia presentation
Day 5: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – work on video
Day 6: Thursday, November 21, 2013 – complete video
Day 7: Friday, November 22, 2013 – Plate Tectonics Test
Day 8: Tuesday, December 3 – share completed projects

Your finished project should show your understanding of the following standards: 
  • 17a. - demonstrate how the deformation (e.g., tension, compression and shearing) of the Earth’s plates produces landforms 
  • 17b. - recognize lithospheric plates constantly move and cause major geological events on the earth’s surface 
  • 17b3. - explain the processes that produce volcanoes and earthquakes 
  • 17b4. - analyze the relationship between volcanoes and earthquakes

Research Sites: