Richter Scale Teacher Resources
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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. Students complete 10 activities total.
Middle schoolers devise a plan to prepare a city for an earthquake. For 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.
Students explore earthquakes. In this scientific inquiry lesson, 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. For this middle school mathematics lesson, students use ratio and proportion to determine distances between two points on a map. Students interpret information from seismographic graphs.
Students investigate the causes and effects of earthquakes and investigate their magnitude. In this earthquakes instructional activity, 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. In this earthquake lesson students explain earthquakes and plate tectonics.
Pupils explore the concept of Chinese contributions in mathematics. In this Chinese contributions in mathematics lesson plan, students research Chinese achievements in mathematics. Pupils solve 3x3 systems of equations using the method they found in their research.
Students 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.
Pupils 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.
New Review 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. Your charges will feel confident in their abilities to handle emergency situations after completing this unit and their own emergency preparedness graphic novels!
In this earthquakes activity, students will name the parts of a seismograph and then review information about large magnitude earthquakes that have occurred. This activity has 4 fill in the blank and 7 short answer questions.
In this earthquake worksheet, students compare and contrast the different types of seismic waves and determine how earthquakes are measured. This worksheet 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.
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.
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, learners 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).