Richter Scale Teacher Resources
Find Richter Scale educational ideas and activities
Showing 21 - 40 of 133 resources
How Do We Measure Earthquakes?
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.
Evaluating an Illinois Earthquake
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.
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.
The Power of pH: Changing Ocean Chemistry
Did you know that driving 2,500 miles results in an entire ton of carbon emissions added to the atmosphere? This tidbit and others on how carbon dioxide is also increasing in ocean water are the focus of a powerful lesson. Participants are introduced to ocean acidification with a video, and then they carry out two investigations that will reveal the increasing pH of the world's oceans. This is a poignant lesson, perfect for encouraging youth to become environmentally aware citizens.
New! Earthquakes and Tectonic Plates
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.
National Tragedy, Global Response
Students explore how different people on local, national and international levels respond to a destructive natural disaster and the needs of its victims and how various facets of the media cover such an event. The August 1999 earthquake is a case study.
Amidst the Rubble of Ruined Cities
Students, in committees, develop and propose solutions to rebuild various elements of Colombia's infrastructure in the wake of the January 25, 1999 earthquake, as well as compare and contrast the earthquake's affects on Colombia to an earthquake in Los Angeles.
Histograms Manage a Flood of Data
In this histograms manage a flood of data worksheet, learners read an explanation, observe a table of information, use information in the table to complete the histogram, and answer word problems. Students write answers to six questions.
Shake It Up with Scatterplots
Students practice using a scatterplots to determine if sets of data are related. They discover the definitions of common math vocabulary. They use this knowledge to predict earthquake probability.
Tsunami Simulation Experiment
Pupils examine an article about tsunami warning systems and discuss why they are important. They conduct an experiment that shows how the velocity of a wave in water changes with the depth.
Modeling Natural Disaster with Mathematical Functions
Ninth graders investigate the functional relationship of different environmental phenomena. In this math lesson, 9th graders create models of various natural disasters. They use logarithmic and exponential functions to interpret population growth.
Good Old Earth Materials
Learners 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.
Seeing Mathematics in the Forces of Nature
Students study waves and their characteristics. In this wave lesson students calculate the speed of waves, wavelength and the period.
Earthquake Proof Structures
Eighth graders build a structure that is able to withstand a simulated earthquake. They research earthquakes, earthquake measurement, and society's preparation for and reaction to them. Pupils build models and present them to the class, along with their research.
Making Waves: A Study of Earthquakes and Tsunami
Students examine plate tectonics and the causative effect of earthquakes. In this tectonics instructional activity students differentiate between the types of energy waves that cause earthquakes and tsunamis and how waves travel at different speeds.
In this earthquake facts review or quiz worksheet, students read descriptive statements and choose the correct multiple choice answer. Students write 13 answers.
After reading an article on earthquakes and tsunamis, students answer a series of multiple choice questions about what they have learned. All answers can be found within the article, making this a good way to prepare for reading comprehension questions on a standardized test - or just a good way to practice reading skills.
How Big was that Quake?
In this earthquake worksheet, learners determine the magnitude of an earthquake based on the seismogram reading. This worksheet has 5 problems to solve.
Endangered Giant Pandas
In this giant panda worksheet, students read and complete 5 pages of information and activities pertaining to the giant panda. Students study maps of the area, read fun facts about pandas, cut and paste life cycle sequencing, and read paragraphs about the endangered panda. There is not much for students to do but a great deal of information is presented.
Properties of Exponential Functions
In this algebra worksheet, learners graph exponential equations and use the formula to translate the graph on a coordinate plane. There are 3 word problems.