Richter Scale Teacher Resources
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Students examine how a Richter scale operates. They create a booklet illustrating each rating on the scale. They discover how engineers use different measurement tools.
Learners study the main methods to measure earthquakes; the Richter Scale and Mercalli Scale. They make a model of a seismograph and investigate which structural designs are most likely to survive an earthquake.
In this earthquakes worksheet, students learn about the measurements of earthquakes on the Richter scale. They answer six questions about the magnitudes and sizes of earthquakes using two tables of data about earthquakes and the Richter scale.
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. A reflection worksheet is also provided for closure. This would be a creative addition to a unit on seismology.
In this faults activity, 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.
In this Richter and Mercalli scale worksheet, students answer questions about these two types of scales and how to read each. They answer questions about the Mercalli scale and Richter scale given percentages and magnitudes of earthquakes.
In this Earth exponential worksheet, students 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.
In this earthquakes instructional activity, students review terms associated with earthquakes such as Richter scale, seismographs, and the Moho scale. This instructional activity has 10 fill in the blank questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this earthquake worksheet, students determine the magnitude of an earthquake based on the seismogram reading. This worksheet has 5 problems to solve.
Students 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.
In this plotting earthquake data activity, 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. Students also indicate the depth of the earthquakes on their maps.
For 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.
In this "Curious? Shake it up!" worksheet, students answer 4 multiple choice questions interactively about earthquakes, then find out how others answered the same questions.
Students design and build a vehicle using Lego. In this earth science lesson, students analyze the factors they need to consider when building their vehicles. They present their finished project in class.
Sixth graders explore the causes and effects of earthquakes. They also collect and analyze data in graphs. They also use the Internet to research earthquakes
In this earthquake in Pakistan worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about an earthquake in Pakistan. Students complete 10 activities total.