Seismology Teacher Resources
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Learners investigate coordinate graphing. For this Algebra I lesson, pupils determine the distance between two cities by finding the vertical and horizontal distances using the longitude and latitude readings. They use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the distance and convert the degrees to miles.
Students discuss seismic waves. In this science lesson plan, students investigate the acceleration of the floor in the classroom similar to a seismograph. Students observe a three-component seismogram from an earthquake and determine what it states. Finally, students simulate their classroom to resemble earthquakes by using SeisMac on the computer.
In this algebra worksheet, students graph exponential equations and use the formula to translate the graph on a coordinate plane. There are 3 word problems.
Students 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 discuss the effects of earthquakes. In this earth science lesson, students create earthquake models and earthquake-proof buildings. They construct their own seismograph.
Students study the classification system of tornadoes. In this tornado lesson students make their own tornadoes in different mediums.
Students examine natural disasters and some safety measures that should be followed. In this natural disaster lesson students write a narrative, and research safety procedures.
Teachers can use branches of science lesson plans to get students excited about science careers.
Students examine how a breaking news story is constructed, first by predicting what facts and details must appear in what order, and then by assembling the story from cut-up pieces. They practice writing their own 'breaking news' lead paragraphs.
Students 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.
Students create their own earthquake machine. They observe the machine in action and identify the different types of plate boundaries found throughout the world.
Ninth graders describe geographic features of different regions in Japan; make comparisons of size, location and population density in Japan; explore the physical features of the country;and explain the different variables influence the climate of Japan.
Students explore how to locate the location of an earthquake and why earthquakes happen more frequently in some areas more than others.
Students examine a World map and find earthquakes near plate boundaries. They locate and describe earthquakes in the United States and California.
Tenth graders gain an understanding of various methods (e.g., rock sequences, fossil correlation, radiometric dating) used by scientists to estimate geologic time. Students read in the content area, use note-taking strategies and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of methods currently used to determine geologic time.
Students explore why Antarctica is so important to the planet. They investigate the physical characteristics. Students create their own unique treaty of governance for Antarctica and discuss how laws are enforced in Antarctica.
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.
Students interpret phase diagrams and explain the meaning of vocabulary words. In this ocean explorer lesson students describe two uses of super-critical carbon dioxide.
Students identify geologic features that are associated with volcanoes. In this volcanic exploration lesson students compare and contrast convergent and divergent volcanoes and are able to explain why some erupt more explosively.