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Youth Emergency Preparedness
What is an emergency, why is preparing for one important, and how can your pupils help others prepare for an emergency? Answer these questions and more with a short unit. Learners will participate in a variety of collaborative, inquiry-based, and hands-on activities to learn about disaster preparedness.
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
Applications of Exponential Functions
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.
10th - 12th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Breaking News English: Earthquake in Pakistan
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.
5th - 10th English Language Arts
Breaking News English: Tsunamis
In this tsunamis 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 tsunamis.
5th - 10th Science
Earthquakes: Getting Ready For The Big One
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.
6th - 8th Science
GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science
In this earth and space science GED worksheet, students 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.
9th - 12th Science
Compound Words and Earthquakes
Challenge your class members to create new compound words. After examining compound words associated with earthquakes, groups select a topic that has some local connection, brainstorm a list of associated words, and invent new compound words for their topic.
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Volcanoes and Earthquakes
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.
7th - 8th Math
Magnitude of Earthquakes
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.
3rd - 6th Science
A Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On!
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.
6th - 12th Science
Good Old Earth Materials
Students investigate different types of building structures and how they are able to stand up to earthquakes. Through comparison they determine which buildings are better able to handle earthquakes than others. They create a building, based on specific parameters, out of material assigned to them.
K - 4th Science