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Students investigate earthquakes and describe the interactions inside the Earth that cause them to occur. Then they research the equipment and systems for detection and measurement of earthquakes. Students also build and engage in a working simulation of a seismograph.
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.
In this log applications instructional activity, learners 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 worksheet, students learn about why earthquakes occur. After reading the information, they answer the 12 questions in the packet. The answers are on the last page.
For this secondary mathematics worksheet, students are presented with questions indicative of those on the Regents high school examination.  The twenty-four page worksheet contains a combination of thirty-four multiple choice and free response questions.  Answers are not provided. 
Students investigate types of aid needed to help Turkey recover and rebuild in the wake of a devastating earthquake on August 17, 1999. They create a plan for a fundraiser or project that they can do to offer assistance to victims of this disaster.
Students write original earthquake articles typically found on the front page of a newspaper. Each student has the freedom to write in a variety of writing styles (lead story, human interest story, editorials, etc.). They research information on earthquakes and then create their story lines.
In this earthquakes worksheet, learners answer questions about the components of earthquakes, the causes of earthquakes, how they are measured, the types of seismic waves and the types of faults. They also answer questions about the types of collisions and specific fault zones found in the United States.
Students view a Dangerous Earth video and research a historic or recent earthquake.  In this earthquake lesson students create a piece of are to portray the experience of their particular earthquake. 
Students discuss the effects of earthquakes. In this earth science lesson, students create earthquake models and earthquake-proof buildings. They construct their own seismograph.
Students examine the destruction caused by earthquakes. In this community safety lesson, students examine the risk involved in living in an earthquake zone and how to prepare for future earthquakes.
Students develop Modified Mercalli Intensity values for a written description of an earthquake. They map MMi values and defend their decisions where to place them on a large-scale zip code map. They define how measures of magnitude and intensity are applied to earthquakes.
Students explore tsunami through various hands-on activities. In this earth science activity, students explain how they are formed. They create tsunami and earthquake models in the lab to observe how they are generated.
Students study different natural disasters.  In this natural disaster lesson students read a nonfiction book followed by a discussion, an experiment,  then collect illustrations from their experience. 
Learners examine how volcanic eruptions affect global climate. They listen to first-hand accounts of the effects of a large volcanic eruption and illustrate a landscape to show understanding. They experiment with the loss of light and create a graph.
High schoolers examine how rocks form and the movement of rocks that form landforms.  In this investigative lesson students complete several activities and take a test. 
Students investigate what can be done to reduce vulnerability to communities threatened by earthquakes and tsunamis. In this natural hazards lesson plan, students explain the causes of earthquakes and tsunamis and define terms associated with these hazards. They compare and contrast "risk" and "vulnerability" and they describe mitigation activities for earthquakes and tsunamis.
Twelfth graders examine multiple aspects of statistics. In this mathematical reasoning lesson, 12th graders solve problems on probability, logarithms, exponential relationships and transforming rectilinear shapes. This resource contains several lessons which include extensions, vocabulary, and related activities.
High schoolers analyze environmental science data using Math. They do research about renewable energy, gather data, create graphs and interpret their findings. Then the group presents their arguments persuasively using their findings to support their position.  
In this plate tectonic worksheet, 7th graders use the Internet and 9 different websites to search for the answers to 55 questions about plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes.

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