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Pupils examine how a Richter scale operates. They create a booklet illustrating each rating on the scale. They discover how engineers use different measurement tools.
Students 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 learning exercise, 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.
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.
In this earthquake in Pakistan learning exercise, learners 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.
In this tsunamis activity, 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 tsunamis. Students complete 10 activities total.
For 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.
Students devise a plan to prepare a city for an earthquake. In this lesson 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.
In this Richter and Mercalli scale instructional activity, 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.
Pupils study the Mercalli Scale and analyze how it is used to rate earthquakes. They construct a booklet with drawings that represent each rating of the scale. They study why engineers develop rating scales for earthquakes.
Students explore earthquakes. In this scientific inquiry lesson plan, students participate in activities regarding plate tectonics, convergent plate boundaries, lateral plate boundaries, and the Richter Scale.
Students investigate the use of ratios in scale drawings on maps.  In this middle school mathematics instructional activity, students use ratio and proportion to determine distances between two points on a map.  Students interpret information from seismographic graphs. 
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.
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.
Eighth graders discuss the earthquake in Haiti and gain more perspective on the tragedy. For this earthquake lesson students explain earthquakes and plate tectonics. 
In this earthquakes learning exercise, students review terms associated with earthquakes such as Richter scale, seismographs, and the Moho scale. This learning exercise has 10 fill in the blank questions.
Students explore the concept of Chinese contributions in mathematics. For this Chinese contributions in mathematics lesson, students research Chinese achievements in mathematics. Students solve 3x3 systems of equations using the method they found in their research.
High schoolers observe data of earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or greater on the Richter scale from 1900-1989. The data is evaluated and assumptions are made about the interpretation.
Students investigate the Richter scale and seismology in a teacher-led lab in which they are introduced to the concept of seismic waves and epicenter location. They further investigate the inner workings of a seismograph and practice using the circular intercept technique to find the epicenter of an earthquake.
Fourth graders explore Earth science by conducting an impact experiment outside of class. In this earthquake lesson plan, 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.

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