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- Pamela J.
- Florence, SC
Richter Scale Teacher Resources
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Young scholars examine the Richter Scale for measuring earthquakes. They make a booklet with drawings that represent each rating of the Richter Scale. They understand the difference between the Richter Scale and the Mercalli Scale for earthquakes, and they explain the different levels of the Richter Scale using words or pictures. Students see that by using a common rating scale, engineers can compare earthquake activity measured from everywhere on Earth.
Fourth graders explore Earth science by conducting an impact experiment outside of class. In this earthquake instructional activity, 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.
Students explore earthquakes and the measurement tools used to measure them. In this earthquake measurement lesson, students use Internet sites to investigate earthquakes and the Richter scale. Students review plate movement, surface waves, and the Mercalli scale. Students watch a related video and research the strongest earthquakes in history. Students create an earthquake simulation and write a summary about ways to make buildings safer.
For 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.
Students investigate the causes and effects of earthquakes and investigate their magnitude. In this earthquakes lesson, students study the Richter Scale and measure it as it relates to the energy released by an earthquake. Students work in groups to investigate specific questions and present their findings.
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.