# Natural Disasters Math Unit

#### Process

This process will take a lot of patience, consideration, and hard work from you. In your efforts, if you complete your assignment and task, you will receive a Character Badge to show your improvement and success.

Please complete one section at a time.

Please print out the Natural Disaster Data Sheet attached below. You may print it as many times as you need.

1. You may pick two countries located on these continents:

Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica

2.  You will choose two different natural disasters, and use the internet to research information about those natural disasters. You must choose one from this country (United States) and the other natural disaster from another country.

[REMINDER: Be sure to keep good records of your information.]

You may print out the information to include in your webquest. Remember to find and print  pictures of your findings.

http://www.wikipedia.org/  (type: natural disasters - to help you in your search.)

http://www.fema.gov/kids/dizarea.htm  (FEMA disaster areas)

B: View these videos about natural disasters to get you motivated. (Click on the links below.)    "WHEN WEATHER CHANGED HISTORY" (Weather Channel)

3.  Create a portfolio (a visual presentation of your infomation) to  show pictures and data you have collected. To present your graphical data you may use the Create-a-graph.com (website) to make your graphs. Your data can include the damages, cost of damages, or casualties (deaths).

(Click on the link to create your graph.)  Be sure to print out your results.   http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createAgraph/

[Materials: poster board, scissors, glue, construction paper, natural disaster pictures, pencils, or colored pencils/markers]

4. Use the natrual disaster data collected from the previous section of the two (2) countries and evaluate and create algebraic expressions. Use your prior knowledge of linear equations and linear systems to create and solve your linear system.

A. Create two linear equations including x and y as your variables. Let variables represent either your countries or natural disasters. Please state what your variables represent.

Materials: white drawing paper to show your work!

[For example: x = country and y = natural disaster or in the another order. But each equation must include an x and a y variable.]

3x (country1)+ y (natural disaster1)= 36 (deaths)

3x + y = 36

y (natural disaster2) + x (country2) = 30 (deaths)

y + x = 30

PLEASE INCLUDE ALL OF YOUR DATA AND FINDINGS (PICTURES, etc.) IN YOUR WEBQUEST.

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