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Introduction

The La Crescenta project in this curriculum packet asks students to consider the following Focus Question: You and your classmates are members of a La Crescenta civic group that has been formed to evaluate the safety of your community's school children in the event of the following geologic and hydrologic hazards: earthquakes, and landslides (including mud and debris flows). Using the maps, tables, and other information in this packet, your job is to present the study of geologic hazards to children that attend the following schools: Monte Vista School, Valley View School, and Rosemont Junior High School. Once your group has discovered what the hazards are, you will decide whether school children are safe attending the three schools in their present locations, or new sites for the schools must be found. Your group will make a presentation at a La Crescenta "community meeting" in which you will describe your analysis about how the community can guarantee children's safety during school.

To develop an answer to this complex question, students will:

  • explore the unique geology of the Los Angeles area,
  • study the area's natural hazards and explore how human impact on the environment increases the effects of these hazards, and
  • learn how to use a variety of maps (geologic, topographic) to answer questions about safety risks.

At the end of this project, students should produce a presentation or paper that they will share with the class. Their presentation will discuss what they believe are the most serious geologic and hydrologic hazards in the La Crescenta area, how those hazards affect school children, and whether the schools should be left where they are, closed, or relocated. They will provide justification for their analysis, based upon the information they received in the Student Packet, their understanding of geologic and hydrologic hazards, and the lessons they learned as they completed the three activities in this packet.

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