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19.11.2015 07:42 Alter: 3 Jahr(e)
Von: S. Jäger

Earthquakes - a bilingual project

Earthquakes - a bilingual project in form 8, using methods like visualization and mind-mapping for presentation
What is an earthquake? Why does it happen and where? What can be done to prevent damage in the future?
Students of form 8a were looking at the basics of earthquakes, watching youtube clips and reading information with different focus. In groups they were working on mind maps to explain the phenomena of plate tectonics, different types of earthquakes and faults as well as the measuring of earthquakes. It was interesting for the students to see, that some German terms are used too, for example the "Richter scale" which measures the magnitude of an earthquake depending on the energy of its vibrations. Or reading, that the German, Alfred Wegener, reasoned the theory of the continental drift, which explains the current shape of our continents and fossils in Antarctica. Watching the damage earthquakes can do to a city and its people (e.g. in Santa Cruz in 1989 or to L.A. etc.) was tough. So some groups were looking at the future: how seismologists can help us predict earthquakes to some extend - to prevent disasters and how engineering can help us: building safer skyscrapers and retrofitting older bridges to strengthen them against the forces of earthquakes.
The students had fun working in groups using their trained method of mind-mapping and visualization in their final presentations. It was a good start to practise presenting topics as well as speaking English in front of the class. Thanks to our whiteboard, the materials to understand the topic in a foreign language were of wide range.



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