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Summary Page: 2016 Geohazards - earthquakes, landslides, tsunami
Term 3 starting 9 August 2016.



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A 2016 LEARNZ virtual field trip - Date changed to 1 week earlier so now 9-11 August.

Teachers, how about we host your students on a guided geohazards journey to The Alpine Fault from the safety of your classroom? Experts will take your class to remote locations around Franz Josef to help them better understand what causes natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes and landslides, and how we can manage the risk. This trip fits well with big ideas like hazards, community, our world, nature, self, New Zealand and personal responsibility. This LEARNZ trip is the eighth in a series on geohazards that have included the Auckland volcanic field, Wellington, Bay of Plenty as well as the Canterbury and Marlborough Earthquakes.

Teacher comments about previous Geohazards field trips

"The field trip supported both our social sciences and science learning areas. The students loved the real life content and particularly enjoyed the audio conferences". Denise Lee from Waimea Intermediate School

"A good introductory approach for Extreme Natural Events (for Level 1 Geography). Encompasses a different approach. I rate it. It gathered interest and allowed for better retention of some of the key points than just class notes and activities would provide". Nicola Wall from Kings High School

Go to more comments from teachers about Geohazards field trips.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • what geohazards are
  • what causes geohazards
  • earthquakes in New Zealand
  • landslides in New Zealand
  • tsunami
  • the tsunami hazard in New Zealand
  • the Earthquake Commission EQC
  • monitoring and detecting geohazards

During this field trip you will:

  • see Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • travel to remote locations to uncover evidence of earthquakes
  • see the effect of earthquake events on the landscape and how they affected people
  • visit places where tsunami are a real hazard and assess the risks
  • explore where landslides have caused major problems and what we can do to reduce landslide risks
  • meet engineers, scientists and people involved in trying to understand natural hazards and how we cope with them
  • learn about instruments and processes used to detect and monitor New Zealand's geohazards

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • investigate the risks of earthquakes, tsunami and landslides and other geohazards in your local area
  • bookmark the GeoNet website so you can go there whenever there is an earthquake

Where you will go

In the South Island of New Zealand, The Alpine Fault is the fastest-moving fault in the world (Read the news item). On average, it produces 8-metre movement from earthquakes every few hundred years. Go to Poerua Valley, where the Alpine Fault is evident, as experts make sense of the evidence from a geohazards perspective. Go to Franz Josef township where humans are potentially at risk from landslides produced by earthquakes generated by the Alpine Fault, which runs through the town. Go to the tongue of Franz Josef glacier, a world-renowned tourist destination and a popular place for scientific research. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-8, Nature of Science Levels 2-8, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Geography Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: earth processes, earthquake research, earthquakes, emergency management, faults, geohazards, hazards, landslides, plate tectonics, tsunami

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