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New! Be Prepared for an Earthquake
Earthquakes can be frightening and dangerous, but being prepared can make a world of difference. Perform an earthquake simulation during which the class practices how to drop, cover, and hold on as you read a script describing what might happen in the event of an earthquake. Follow up with a discussion on preparedness, using the included picture cards to create earthquake kits. For regions that don't experience earthquakes, adapt this lesson plan to address a number of different natural disasters. An engaging activity that takes disaster preparedness a step further than standard school-wide drills.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Students gain an overall knowledge of how hot spots within the earth trigger the eruption of volcanoes, and how plate tectonics affect the stability of the earths crust, therefore creating earthquakes. They make connection between the various levels of viscosity and volcanic formation. Upon the conclusion of the experiment, a class discussion will be held to evaluate the various conclusions made by students.
Young scholars research and describe the causes of earthquakes and identify where earthquakes are likely to occur. They view videos, explore interactive software and use Silly Putty and sugar cubes to illustrate the forces at work behind an earthquake.
Earthquakes And Fault Lines
Students discuss major causes of earthquakes and identify famous fault lines, access and map information about ten largest earthquakes in world from 1989 to 1998, and theorize about location of these earthquakes as they relate to Earth's tectonic plates. Students then track current quakes online for one week, and create multimedia presentation describing how and why earthquakes occur.
Build an Earthquake-Proof Structure
Sixth graders create straw structures and experiment to see how they would withstand an earthquake. In this Earthquake lesson, 6th graders use increasing vibrations and record the effects on their straw structures. Students discuss which designs withstood the simulated earthquake the best and why.
Earthquakes:Plotting Recent Activity
Fifth graders plot Earthquakes and note how they follow the fault line. In this Earthquake lesson, 5th graders navigate a website and become familiar with the concept that Earthquakes happen along fault lines. Students locate and understand there are different types of fault lines (convergent, divergent,strike-slip)
Know Your Boundaries: Earthquake Lessons in the Classroom
With all the recent attention on Haiti, and now Chile, it is the perfect time to teach your students about earthquakes!
Compound Words and Earthquakes
Challenge your class members to create new compound words. After examining compound words associated with earthquakes, groups select a topic that has some local connection, brainstorm a list of associated words, and invent new compound words for their topic. Background links, a list of related terms, assessments, and an answer key are included with the highly detailed plan.
How Do We Measure Earthquakes?
How is the magnitude of an earthquake measured? How is the intensity of an earthquake measured? What is amplitude in relation to an earthquake? In what country was the largest magnitude earthquake? There is a wealth of information about earthquakes and your learners will definitely want to use their calculators to figure out the answer to some of the questions. It might take more than one class period to cover all the material.
Evaluating an Illinois Earthquake
Middle schoolers develp an awareness of the frequency of earthquakes in Illinois, and throughout the midwestern states. They study a map that shows the distribution of earthquakes in the region, and view Richter scale data for each occurrence. They show how regional geology is a determining factor in the amount of damage caused by an earthquake, and determine which areas of the midwest are at the highest risk based on their geology.
After reading an article on earthquakes and tsunamis, students answer a series of multiple choice questions about what they have learned. All answers can be found within the article, making this a good way to prepare for reading comprehension questions on a standardized test - or just a good way to practice reading skills.
Students discuss the effects of earthquakes. In this earth science lesson, students create earthquake models and earthquake-proof buildings. They construct their own seismograph.
Earthquakes: Learn From the Past, Prepare for the Future
Students examine the destruction caused by earthquakes. In this community safety lesson plan, students examine the risk involved in living in an earthquake zone and how to prepare for future earthquakes.
Students construct small cities made of sugar cubes, bullion cubes, and gelatin cubes. They experiment with the cubes in order to determine which materials hold up the best against a simulated earthquake. Students explain how earthquake magnitude is measured.
Faults are at Fault: Where Earthquakes Occur
Young scholars plot the locations of faults and then map recent earthquakes in order to see the relationship between earthquakes and faults. They identify that earthquakes occur along faults at plate boundaries and also, along patches of planar faults that have lengths and widths.
Students plot earthquakes on a map. In this lesson on earthquakes, students will explore recent earthquake activity in California and Nevada. Students will plot fault lines and earthquake occurrences on a map.
Earthquakes: Getting Ready For The Big One
Students devise a plan to prepare a city for an earthquake. In this instructional activity on earthquakes, students differentiate between the different types of earthquakes, examine the impact they can have on a city, and write a proposal on how to better prepare a city for an earthquake.
How Do Earthquakes Affect Buildings?
Students simulate earthquakes utilizing an online program, and examine the earthquake-proofing construction for their building. They chart and analyze their simulated data using
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Become a natural-hazard mapper! Your young scientists discuss plate tectonics, map regions of the US where earthquakes are likely to occur, and explore a population density map. Do people avoid living in areas where earthquakes are common? This plan includes several inks to additional sources. There's even a site where your learners can create their own tornado! They'll be thrilled to play around with this game!
Young scholars inspect the causes and effects of earthquakes and examine how seismic waves travel. In this earthquake lesson, students determine where earthquakes happen and why, before determining how to build an earthquake resistant building. They watch a video and discuss fault lines. They simulate the construction by making a building out of toothpicks and gum drops.