Seismology Teacher Resources
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Roots of the Mariana Arc
Plumb the depths of the Submarine Ring of Fire and explore seismic waves with this lesson. Junior geologists simulate s-waves and p-waves, calculate their speeds, and then apply the data to discover the material that makes up inner Earth. Detailed directions, student handouts, and internet resources provide everything you need to present a memorable lesson on seismology.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 31 Downloads
What Kind of Geologist Am I?
Transform your class into young geologists as they learn about six different branches of geology. Using the included geology career descriptions and picture cards, learners work in small groups deciding which tools and locations fit their assigned geology specialist.
2nd - 5th Science 40 Views 40 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Shake it up with Seismographs!
Shake things up in your STEM or earth science classroom when you have small groups construct their own seismographs. A reading assignment on the history of seismographs, the Richter scale, and current technology sets the stage for the engineering design project.
3rd - 12th Science 16 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Students research and describe the causes of earthquakes and identify where earthquakes are likely to occur. They view videos, explore interactive software and use Silly Putty and sugar cubes to illustrate the forces at work behind an earthquake.
6th - 10th Science 75 Views 189 Downloads
Students explore plate tectonics by conducting a class experiment. In this earthquake lesson, students utilize scrap wood, sandpaper, rubber bands and a sanding belt to create a model earthquake experiment which shakes a nearby building. Students record the data from the mock earthquake and discuss the impact of an earthquake on real life buildings.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
The Dynamic Earth
Students use the Internet to investigate earthquakes and plate tectonics. In this plate tectonics instructional activity, 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.
6th - 12th Science 5 Views 47 Downloads
Geography of Japan
Young scholars complete a worksheet that guides them through an overview of Japanese geography. Students research the topography, climate, population and size of Japan and consider how these factors work together to produce Japanese culture.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 67 Downloads
How do we measure global earthquakes?
Students 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.
10th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 16 Downloads
Earthquakes and Seismic Waves
Students investigate the Richter scale and seismology in a teacher-led lab in which they are introduced to the concept of seismic waves and epicenter location. They further investigate the inner workings of a seismograph and practice using the circular intercept technique to find the epicenter of an earthquake.
9th - 10th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Earthquakes: The Lesson Pack
Students relate earthquakes from around the world and from Canada to places of high population density. They explore mapping tools using ArcView GIS, play the "Earthquake Guessing Game," and conduct Internet research on types of faults.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 23 Downloads
Earthquakes: A Whole Lot of Quakin' Goin" On
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.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 19 Downloads
Shake It Up with Seismographs!
Learning about the earth should be a moving experience, and what better way to record that movement than with a seismograph? Each team will work together to design and build a seismometer, then compete against the other teams to see which one works best.
4th - 12th Science 9 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Earthquakes and Tectonic Plates
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.
6th - 7th Science 43 Views 36 Downloads
Compound Words and Earthquakes
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.
8th Language Arts 17 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable