Richter Scale Teacher Resources
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Shake it up with Seismographs!
Shake things up in your STEM or earth science classroom when you have small groups construct their own seismographs. A reading assignment on the history of seismographs, the Richter scale, and current technology sets the stage for the engineering design project.
3rd - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
In this Earth exponential learning exercise, learners identify and complete 6 different problems that include the strength of earthquakes on Earth. First, they define Richter scale and what it measures. Then, students complete the chart shown to get a sense of how the Richter scale operates.
7th - 8th Math
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.
7th - 12th Math
Young scholars investigate earthquakes and describe the interactions inside the Earth that cause them to occur. Then they research the equipment and systems for detection and measurement of earthquakes. Students also build and engage in a working simulation of a seismograph.
1st - 12th Science
Comparing the New Madrid and San Andreas Fault Zones
In this faults worksheet, students use an earthquake reference sheet to find the numbers for a modified Mercalli and Richter scale. They compare the San Andreas Fault zone and the New Madrid fault zone on the United States map. They answer questions about liquefaction and subsidence.
7th - 10th Science
Earth Science: Richter Scale
Fourth graders explore Earth science by conducting an impact experiment outside of class. In this earthquake lesson, 4th graders identify the grading system of earthquakes which is referred to as the Richter scale. Students utilize a box of popcorn and drop it from different distances and measure the scattering of the popcorn to simulate the Richter scale measurement.
In this plotting earthquake data worksheet, students use a large world map and given web sites showing the latitude and longitude for the epicenter of recent earthquakes around the world. Students plot 2 weeks of earthquake data indicating the epicenter of each earthquake.
6th - 8th Science
Types And Magnitudes Of Earthquakes
Students investigate the concept of earthquakes and the different types of magnitudes. They research the Richter scale and how it is used to measure the intensities of earthquakes. Students then apply the concept by completing a worksheet to practice it.
6th - 12th Science
What are Earthquakes?
Here is a scientific presentation of earthquakes. The elastic rebound theory is explained, as well as the different types of waves and how they are measured. Just a note: Slide number 15 has a diagram that is upside down. Enable editing and it is easily remedied, making this a useful PowerPoint for your middle to high school earth science curriculum.
7th - 12th Science
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
In this earthquakes and volcanoes worksheet, students will review how volcanoes are formed and where they are found. Students will describe earthquakes and their magnitudes. Students will use a table to answer questions about tsunamis. This worksheet has 7 fill in the blank, 10 true or false, and 5 short answer questions.
6th - 12th Science