|Title||Investigating Flood Risk in My Neighborhood|
|Grade Level:||Earth Science|
|Creator:||Jeff Chaffins firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Activating Prior Knowledge:||ArcGIS 9.3 or ArcGIS 10|
Students will use the computer lab facilities to access multi-media sources via the internet to create topographical maps and aerial photos of the Krouts Creek watershed, which is a watershed that runs through a large portion of our school’s area. This watershed floods frequently and presents many problems for residents living in its proximity.
Students will specifically use the ArcGIS software, as well as the information provided by various websites (see above), to create a visual representation of their neighborhood. Students will be allowed the creativity to label their maps and determine the information that they will include, such as locations of schools and other buildings, populations, or any other information that they deem pertinent to the issue.
Students should import the aerial photography, USGS topographic data, and other landform data.
Once completing their maps and photos, they will then collaborate in small groups to analyze the potential flow of precipitation runoff. They will visually see exactly where the water comes and the potential flow patterns of the runoff due to the topography of the land in this watershed.
Other topics that will be discussed will be flow properties of water, water degradation and erosion of landforms, and societal response to natural disasters, specifically to flooding.
This lesson should provide a dramatic visual for the students. Many have never seen an aerial map of their living areas, neighborhoods, etc. Analysis of the topography of the watershed will lend itself to their understanding of the sources of the runoff that causes the frequent flooding.
|Skill Lesson Through Direct Instruction and Modeling:||No handout is needed with this lesson.|
|Active Literacy:||The teacher will observe as students access and create topographical maps of the Krouts Creek Watershed. The teacher will observe the ability of students to use the data and collaborate with their peers.|
|Lesson Plan Source:||ESRI Lesson Plan Project|
|Teacher Led / Student Computer Lab:||Computer Lab Lesson|