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Visual #2: Or “I Can Answer That Question With Only ? Clues!”


Group Directions: Each group will receive a set of the clue strips about disasters from medieval times to the present: the Black Plague in the 14th century, the Spanish Flu during WWI, and the recent devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Each clue describes one impact of a specific natural disaster. All the clues are true.

The clues are numbered for easy reference in discussion. The numbers on the clues have no significance.


Step 1: When you receive your packet of clues, distribute them as evenly as possible among group members. In round robin fashion, read the clues aloud and discuss each to clarify the information offered in the clue.

Step 2: Sort the clues into 3 piles, by consensus.

· Clues that are helpful in answering the question.

· Clues that are not helpful in answering the question.

· Not sure. Clues that you will consider again later.

(Note: You may move clues if you change your mind during the discussion.)

Step 3: Consider each pile of clues, looking at the data on economic performance.

· What is being measured in each clue?

· What does the measured factor tell you about the economy?

· Do the various measurements indicate economic change in the same/different direction (positive/negative)?

· Do economic measurements differ with the type of disaster?

Step 4: Fill out game sheet, below. Tear off and turn in by the deadline.


Team Members: ___________________________________________

Are disasters good for the economy? ­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________

How many clues are necessary to answer the question? ______

Which clues? #______________________________________