Monday-Tuesday, May 14-15, 2007

WARM UP!

Write the answer to this prompt on your BLOG AND EMAIL IT TO MR. AGUDA

Visit this website and read the article
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21713348-1702,00.html

Over the last week and through this weekend Los Angeles County and So. Cal have been ridden with FIRES! What do you think caused these fires? What would it be like live near these fires?

TODAY
YOU WILL BE WORKING ON A MINI-PROJECT ABOUT CALIFORNIA FIRES.

IN TASK 1, YOU WILL RESEARCH THE TRENDS OF FIRES THE LAST 8 YEARS.
YOU WILL ALSO COME UP WITH YOUR OWN HYPOTHESIS FOR THE TRENDS YOU HAVE SEEN.

IN TASK 2, YOU WILL CREATE A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION TO PRESENT YOUR RESEARCH.


Task 1: MS Excel

SAVE AS: PerX-last-first-firetask1.xls

Go to: http://www.nifc.gov/fireinfo/nfn.html

Look for the table that says "Year-to-date-statistics." Create the table as shown and make a 2-series graph for the information displayed.

Under the graph, answer the following reflection questions: (you will also be placing this into your powerpoint presentation)
(1) Describe the different trends you see in the graph that you have just created.
(2) Provide a hypothesis (a brief educated guess) explaning the trends you've seen in your graph.

Task 2: MS PowerPoint

SAVE AS: PerX-last-first-firepowerpoint.ppt

Create a 2-3 Slide PowerPoint presentation that displays your research.

Include the following in your presentation:
(1) Your graph (copy and paste from TASK #1)

(2) Label the TRENDS you see in your graph. (HINT: Draw arrows pointing to different slopes in your graph. Are these slopes shallow, steep, positive, negative?)

(3) Explain the TRENDS you see in your graph. (Why do you think the graph looks like this?

(4) 2-3 pictures of fires in California (include captions)

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