Richter Scale Teacher Resources
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High schoolers examine the risks of earthquakes in coastal communities. They conduct research, complete a worksheet, and present mitigation options identified for their assigned hazard.
Young scholars examine earthquakes and tsunamis. In this Earth science lesson, students investigate the causes and hazards associated with earthquakes and tsunamis.
In this earthquakes worksheet, students define where earthquakes occur and why they mostly occur along crustal plate boundaries in the Pacific. Then they describe where an earthquake begins and what measures the distance to the earthquake's epicenter.
In this tree diagram worksheet, students interpret a tree diagram about possible outcomes of a category 1 hurricane over time. Students answer 6 questions based on the diagram.
In this estimation worksheet, students read a short scenario about buying insurance in a tornado prone area. Students answer estimation questions about replacing lost items and determining the cost of tornado insurance.
Students complete activities that lead to greater understanding of the variety of natural disasters that occur all over the world.
Students view a video and conduct a problem solving activity to explain the effect different waves have on the earth's structure and what effect they have on different structures.
Students examine the frequency of earthquakes in Illinois. They discover the distribution of earthquakes in the Midwest. They also practice reading measurements from the Richter scale and Mercalli Intensity scale.
Learners discover how engineers construct buildings to stand up against earthquakes. They build their own structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks. They test how earthquake-proof their building is with jello.
Students describe what an earthquake is and how seismic waves impact us. In this earthquake instructional activity students get into groups and create a building that is designed to put up with an earthquake then see which ones hold up the best.
Students solve exponential functions. In this algebra lesson, students identify the properties of logarithmic and exponential functions. They graph their functions and solve using change of base formula.
Students graph and identify properties of logarithmic functions. In this algebra lesson, students identify the domain and range for each function. They identify the horizontal and vertical asymptote for each graph.
Students access USGS earthquake information and plot the locations on a world map.
Sixth graders explain that earthquakes are sudden motions along breaks in the crust called faults. They list the major geologic events including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and mountain building, which are the result of crustal plate motions.
Pupils use the internet to gather information on saving money. They describe the history of money and the responsibilities of the United States Mint. They list their own personal goals and keep a journal as they operate a lemonade stand.
High schoolers discuss natural disasters, global community and address Students concerns and worries. They review thoughts about the tsunami written by high schoolers logging onto the Newsround website and determine which statements they relate to.
Students explore earthquakes and seismic waves. They investigate how energy is released in the subsurface to create seismic waves. Students explore the inner workings of a seismograph and how they are used to determine the location of an earthquake.
Sixth graders explore reasons for earthquakes. They discuss and describe the types of faults. Using the internet, 6th graders research a specific location of a former earthquake. They describe the damage, magnitude, the epicenter, and the amount of damage.
Students examine terminology related to the study of volcanoes, geology, or the ecosystems that surround them. They make note of key words while reading exhibits, interpretive signs, or labels, or hearing them from each other, their teacher, movies or rangers.
In this earth science worksheet, students find the words that are associated with the concept of earthquakes. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.