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Young scholars explore the concept of Chinese contributions in mathematics. In this Chinese contributions in mathematics lesson, students research Chinese achievements in mathematics. Young scholars solve 3x3 systems of equations using the method they found in their research.
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.
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.
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. Background links, a list of related terms, assessments, and an answer key are included with the highly detailed plan.
Young scientists explore the Earth from the inside out. The Earth's inner and outer core are studied, as are the movements of the tectonic plates that are the cause of so many earthquakes and volcanos. This nine-page plan contains many excellent worksheets and activities that are age-appropriate for first graders. This is an ambitious topic to cover for such young learners, but I believe this lesson is written in just the right manner.
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.
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 plan. 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 plan, perfect for encouraging youth to become environmentally aware citizens.
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.
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.