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Students discuss a natural disaster. In this earthquakes research lesson, students discover why earthquakes happen, what happens after an earthquake, and what to do during an earthquake. They discuss some information as a class and work in small groups to find answers to earthquake questions on the internet. This lesson includes the questions for the group activity, resource links, and an assessment guide.
Volcano Lesson Plans
Volcano and earthquake lessons can provide a great way to link science instruction to current events.
Tsunami Simulation Experiment
Students examine the importance of tsunami warning systems. They read and discuss an article, conduct an experiment in a wave tank, calculate wave velocities of tsunamis, and identify what happens to tsunamis as they approach a shoreline.
Young scholars inspect the causes and effects of earthquakes and examine how seismic waves travel. In this earthquake lesson, students determine where earthquakes happen and why, before determining how to build an earthquake resistant building. They watch a video and discuss fault lines. They simulate the construction by making a building out of toothpicks and gum drops.
Students construct small cities made of sugar cubes, bullion cubes, and gelatin cubes. They experiment with the cubes in order to determine which materials hold up the best against a simulated earthquake. Students explain how earthquake magnitude is measured.
Earthquakes: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future
Study earthquakes, the effect they have on the earth, and earthquake preparedness, especially in populated areas such as the San Francisco Bay area with young learners. They discuss the roles geologists, construction engineers and architects, and politicians have with earthquake preparedness and role-play each group in a class forum.
Current Earthquake Activity
Fifth graders record any earthquake activity throughout the school year on various maps. In groups, they identify a map locating the points given to them by their teacher. To end the instructional activity, they add the date, strength and damage to each report using the internet to research the information.
Plate Tectonics Review
In this plate tectonics worksheet, learners review concepts such as the types of plate boundaries, the concept of continental drift, sea-floor spreading, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. They match 30 terms with their definitions.
In this plotting earthquake data worksheet, students use a large world map and given web sites showing the latitude and longitude for the epicenter of recent earthquakes around the world. Students plot 2 weeks of earthquake data indicating the epicenter of each earthquake. Students also indicate the depth of the earthquakes on their maps.
In this graphing functions worksheet, students write functions in logarithmic and exponential forms. They evaluate logarithms and determine the inverse of a function. Students graph functions. This six-page worksheet contains 20 multt-step problems.
In this decibel worksheet, students answer 19 questions about amplifiers, circuits and the power gains or losses in these electrical systems.
Pre-calculus Unit 3 Test 2
Students will solve exponential function problems, graph exponential functions, find the value of logarithms, determine future value, and compound interest. In this Pre-calculus lesson, students will use the properties of logs to solve test problems.
Chapter 7: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
In this exponent and logarithm worksheet, students convert equations from logarithm form to exponent form. They solve exponential equations and examine the graphs. This 22-page worksheet contains notes and approximately 10 example problems.
Young scholars discuss the type of information that they expect to read in news coverage of earthquakes. They explore the devastating aftermath of an earthquake in South and Southeast Asia and research and write their own articles describing the event.
Pupils study causes, probability and location of earthquakes. They complete a number of activities and look at web pages to examine the characteristics of earthquakes.
Earthquake Proof Structures
Students design an earthquake proof structure and present it to the class. In this building structures lesson students view a video on earthquakes and explain the sequences that lead up to an earthquake.
Earthquake, Earthquake, Read All About It!
Students utilize the U.S. Geological Service web site. They research the various types of scales used to measure earthquakes and classify different situations on the scale. They write a story about a town that has just experienced a quake.
How do we measure global earthquakes?
Young scholars examine three seismograms of a recent South American earthquake recorded by USGS stations. They measure the S-P distance and use a P and S wave travel-time graph to find the epicenter distance for each seismogram. In addition, they use distance to find the epicenter of the earthquake.
The Dynamic Earth
Students use the Internet to investigate earthquakes and plate tectonics. In this plate tectonics lesson plan, students complete a web quest with multiple links and activity types relating to earthquakes and volcanoes. They connect the earthquake and volcano activity worldwide with plate boundaries.
Students investigate why natural catastrophes occur around the world and the results of such catastrophes. They investigate how people recover from catastrophes and can they be prevented. Students create their own work of art depicting a form of catastrophe.