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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.
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.
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.
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.
For this histograms manage a flood of data worksheet, students 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.
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.
Ninth graders investigate the functional relationship of different environmental phenomena. For this math lesson, 9th graders create models of various natural disasters. They use logarithmic and exponential functions to interpret population growth.
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.
Students study waves and their characteristics. In this wave lesson students calculate the speed of waves, wavelength and the period.
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.
Learners examine plate tectonics and the causative effect of earthquakes. In this tectonics lesson 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 activity, 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.
In this giant panda learning exercise, 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.
In this algebra worksheet, students graph exponential equations and use the formula to translate the graph on a coordinate plane. There are 3 word problems.
Students, in groups, examine how various elements of Taiwan's infrastructure were affected in the September 21, 1999 earthquake by analyzing a number of newspaper articles on the quake and its aftermath.
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.
In this log applications learning exercise, students solve and complete 10 different word problems that include various logarithms. First, they determine the number of years it takes an object if compounded continuously at a given rate. Then, students determine the number of decibels of sound if given the log.
In this earthquake learning exercise, learners learn about why earthquakes occur. After reading the information, they answer the 12 questions in the packet. The answers are on the last page.