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Learners 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.
Students 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.
Learners explore earthquakes. In this scientific inquiry lesson, students participate in activities regarding plate tectonics, convergent plate boundaries, lateral plate boundaries, and the Richter Scale.
Young scholars investigate the use of ratios in scale drawings on maps.  In this middle school mathematics lesson, students use ratio and proportion to determine distances between two points on a map.  Young scholars interpret information from seismographic graphs. 
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. 
Students explore the concept of Chinese contributions in mathematics. In 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.
Pupils 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.
Amateur seismologists explore Earth's earthquakes in real time using a variety of map styles and parameter selections.
Students develop awareness of occurrences of earthquakes in Illinois and their past and potential future damage, and examine distribution of earthquakes in central U.S. regions.
In this earthquakes worksheet, students will name the parts of a seismograph and then review information about large magnitude earthquakes that have occurred. This worksheet has 4 fill in the blank and 7 short answer questions.
In this earthquake activity, students compare and contrast the different types of seismic waves and determine how earthquakes are measured. This activity has 1 multiple choice, 3 matching, 3 fill in the blank, and 8 short answer questions.
Students research geological forces that create the Ring of Fire and its effects on cultures. They write reports on how natural disasters influence societies.
For this earth and space science GED worksheet, high schoolers complete a crossword puzzle given 7 clues about topics such as earthquakes, the Milky Way Galaxy and weathering and erosion. Students are given a word bank to use to complete the crossword puzzle.
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.
Students gather data about the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, make comparisons between the two, and determine the factors that influence the amount of shaking that occurs in an area due to an earthquake. They identify that the distance is measured both horizontally and vertically and that soft rocks amplify shaking, while locations on hard bedrock shake less.
In this internal forces worksheet, students use a chart to take notes on the causes and effect of forces that shape the earth, then answer two questions about a map (which is not included).
Here is a comprehensive package in which middle schoolers learn about types of seismic waves, triangulation, and tectonic plate boundaries. Complete vocabulary, colorful maps, and a worksheet are included via links on the webpage. You will need to have some Slinky® spring toys on hand to demonstrate P and S waves, and a way to project the accompanying maps. A whole-class activity involves learners lining up with shoulders touching, and having them act out the wave movements.
Exponential functions are the name of the game. Young mathematicians can work through each of the eight worksheets by evaluating functions, applying logarithms, completing logarithmic functions, and building inverse functions. This would be a great set of worksheets to accompany an entire chapter.

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