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Richter Scale Teacher Resources
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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.
Twelfth graders examine multiple aspects of statistics. In this mathematical reasoning lesson plan, 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.
Learners identify how to use a scatterplot to compare two sets of data to determine if they are related. Then they identify and describe the definition of regression line (the "line of best fit"). Students also identify how scientists and actuaries use math and data to study earthquake probability.
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.
Students 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.
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.
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 lesson, they add the date, strength and damage to each report using the internet to research the information.
For 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.
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.