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Earth’s Surface: Louisiana Landforms

Multimedia Instructional Unit /Curriculum Web Design Proposal Meher Banajee, Holly Carruth, Kaori Shimizu Louisiana State University and A&M College

Monday, November 28, 2005

General Directions


To post your comments for the correct activity click on the name of the activity on the right side.


After posting please click on picture of the Louisiana Landforms website to go back to the activity.

PDA Activity - Student Questionnaire

Directions: Use the following questions as a guide to write a comment on the PDA activity. Elaborate on your comments in a short paragraph of at least 5 sentences.

After completing do not forget to sign using your first name and the first of your last name. Also include your class name.


1. Were the research resources (websites) provided in the activities helpful in understanding the different parts of the PDA? Explain your answer.


2. Was the video provided in the activities helpful in understanding how to take pictures and download them on to the computer using the PDA? Why or why not. Explain in a short paragraph.

3. Did taking pictures using the PDA help you to share your work with your classmates? Explain why or why not.

4. Did taking pictures using the PDA help you to understand your project on topography and contour lines? Justify your answer.

5. Did you enjoy taking pictures with the PDA with your classmates? Why or why not. Explain in detail.

Technology - Student Questionnaire


Directions: Use the following questions as a guide to write a comment on the Technology activity. Elaborate on your comments in a short paragraph of at least 5 sentences.

After completing do not forget to sign using your first name and the first of your last name. Also include your class name.


1. Did the research resources (websites) provided in the activities help you to understand how technology has changed over time? Justify your answer in a short paragraph.

2. Did the glossary provided in the activities help you to understand different terms used in the technology unit? Explain why or why not.

3. Was the scavenger hunt worksheet helpful in getting organized for writing the paper? Explain your answer.

4. Were the real life examples (Hurricanes Katrina and Rita) helpful in understanding why the coast line of Louisiana has changed? Explain why or why not in a short paragraph.

5. Did you enjoy working on the “Technology” activity with your classmates? Justify why or why not.

Oh, What a Relief! - Student Questionnaire


Directions: Use the following questions as a guide to write a comment on the Oh, What a Relief activity. Elaborate on your comments in a short paragraph of at least 5 sentences.

After completing do not forget to sign using your first name and the first of your last name. Also include your class name.


1. Did the research resources (websites) provided in the activities help you to understand topography and contour lines? Why or why not. Explain using a short paragraph.


2. Did the worksheets provided on the website help you to see how different landforms have a different topography and contour lines? Justify your answer using a short paragraph.

3. Did the creation of landforms help you to understand topography and contour lines? Explain why or why not.

4. Did the creation of a contour map help you to understand how landforms are represented on flat maps? Why or why not? Explain using a short paragraph.

5. Did you enjoy working on the “Oh, what a relief is it” activity with your classmates? Explain in a short paragraph.

Ocean Floor - Student Questionnaire



Directions: Use the following questions as a guide to write a comment on the Ocean Floor activity. Elaborate on your comments in a short paragraph of at least 5 sentences.

After completing do not forget to sign using your first name and the first of your last name. Also include your class name.


1. Did the research resources (websites) provided in the activities help you to understand how ocean floor and the coastline changes over time? Explain your answer in a short paragraph.

2. Did the video provided in the activities helped you understand the ocean floor and coastline changes? Justify why or why not.

3. Was the timeline worksheet helpful while gathering information for the monologue? Yes or no. Explain in a short paragraph.

4. Did the real life examples (Hurricanes Katrina and Rita) help you to understand how the coast line of Louisiana has changed? Yes or no. Justify your answer.

5. Did you enjoy working on the “Ocean Floor” activity with your classmates? Explain in a short paragraph.

Water Impact - Student Questionnaire


Directions: Use the following questions as a guide to write a comment on the Water Impact activity. Elaborate on your comments in a short paragraph of at least 5 sentences.

After completing do not forget to sign using your first name and the first of your last name. Also include your class name.


1. Did the research resources (websites) provided in the activities help you to understand how water affects landforms? Yes or No? Explain your answer using a short paragraph.

2. Did the websites help you to understand how different river deltas are created? Explain why or why not in a short paragraph.

3. Did the use of technology help you while creating a poster to show erosion and subsidence? State the reason behind your answer using a short paragraph.

4. Did the real life examples (Hurricanes Katrina and Rita) help you to understand the effects of water on various landforms? Elaborate your answer in a short paragraph.

5. Did you enjoy working on the water impact activity with your classmates? Justify why or why not.

Wind Impact - Student Questionnaire


Directions: Use the following questions as a guide to write a comment on the Wind Impact activity. Elaborate on your comments in a short paragraph of at least 5 sentences.

After completing do not forget to sign using your first name and the first of your last name. Also include your class name.

1. Were the research resources (websites) provided in the activities helpful in understanding how wind affects landforms? Why or why not? Explain using a short paragraph.

2. Was the wind impact activity worksheet easy to follow and complete? Why or why not? Justify your answer using a short paragraph.

3. Did you think the website showing effect of wind on different landforms help you while completing the activity? Explain your answer using a short paragraph.

4. Did you enjoy participating in the wind impact activity with your classmates? Why or why not? Explain your answer using a short paragraph.

5. Did the use of real life examples of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita help you to understand the effect of wind on different landforms? Yes or no? Explain in a short paragraph.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Shaping the Land - Student Questionaire


Directions: Use the following questions as a guide to write a comment on the Shaping the Land activity. Elaborate on your comments in a short paragraph of at least 5 sentences.

After completing do not forget to sign using your first name and the first of your last name. Also include your class name.

1. Did the research resources (websites) provided in the stream table activity help you to understand landform changes? Why or why not? Answer in short paragraph.

2. Did you have difficulty answering the questions on the quiz after completing the stream table activity? Explain why in a short paragraph.

3. Did watching the movie on stream tables help you to complete the water stream table activity? Explain why or why not in a short paragraph.

4. Did you enjoy participating in the water stream activity with your classmates? Explain why or why not in short paragraph.

5. Did the real life examples of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita help you to understand this activity better? Explain why or why not.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Resources for Students and Teachers

http://www.netfiles.org/lessons/landform.shtml: teaches how to make videos and other multimedia presentations while instructing in the classroom

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/abc/l.shtml: resource for quizzes on landforms.

http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/katrina/: tying into present day activities or effect of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu/public/educators/howto/index.shtml: teaches how to use data kam to get images of different landforms, etc.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Where is That?

Louisiana Coastline


Lake Chapeau is near Morgan City, Louisiana. This lake is located on the western half of Point au Fer Island. Canals and erosion have caused significant wetlands loss to the interior of the island. The project will restore marshes west of Lake Chapeau, reestablish the hydrologic separation of the Locust Bayou and Alligator Bayou watersheds, and reestablish natural drainage patterns of the Lake Chapeau area. The project has been submitted to this inventory by USEPA with the permission of NOAA. For more information about NOAA or their projects, you can visit this project at the NOAA Restoration Center

www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration

Louisiana Coast


Landforms in this scene of Atchafalaya Bay on the Louisiana coast are portrayed as a color infrared composite of bands 9 (near infrared), 2 (red) and 1 (green). Pseudo-colored water features are represented with band 45 (thermal). The bright reds and yellows portray warm water of the gulf mixing with the cooler waters (dark blues) of the Atchafalaya River drainage.


Image from: asapdata.arc.nasa.gov/ Sensors.htm

Earth’s Surface: Louisiana Landforms

Two big hurricanes ravaged Louisiana during August and September 2005. Hurricane Katrina on Monday, August 29, and Hurricane Rita on Saturday, September 24.

Through this website you will embark on a journey with Katrina as she makes landfall and makes her way inland over a period of several days.

General effects: The overall Destructive and Constructive forces of the hurricane and how it shapes landforms in Louisiana.

Day 1: Wind effects were the main effects felt on the first day when Katrina came inland. This section will talk about why wind was such a devastating force in Louisiana and what effects it has on Landforms.

Day 2: Water effects were felt on the next day when the levees in New Orleans were breached. This section will talk about what are the purposes of levees and why they were breached.

Day 3: Effects on topography and contour of Louisiana landforms. This section will show you how landforms topography and contour lines change with storms.

Day 4: Under the surface effects. This section will explore the ocean floor and show you how storms like Hurricane Katrina can affect the ocean floor.

Into the future: This section will demonstrate to you what technology is being used to help with measuring the effects of Katrina and other landform changes.