Seismology Teacher Resources
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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.
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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.
Pupils 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 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.
Pupils 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.
Pupils 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.
Students compare and contrast Archaea with bacteria and other organisms. In this ocean lesson students complete diagrams.
Students use fundamental relationships between melting points, boiling points, solubility, temperature and pressure to develop explanations. In this chemistry lesson students complete an activity.
Students design an earthquake proof structure and present it to the class. In this building structures lesson plan students view a video on earthquakes and explain the sequences that lead up to an earthquake.
Pupils explore the causes of earthquakes and the impact they have on the geology of an area. In this geology lesson students view video footage of earthquakes, get into groups and study plate tectonics.
High schoolers discover how often earthquakes happen in a region of their choice. In this science lesson, students use online resouces to help them do their investigations. High schoolers make their own map of their region and show how many earthquakes over a certain amount of time occurred in that region.
Students identify the different types of fractals. In this geometry lesson, students use math to analyze different biological phenomena. They collect data from the experiments and construct graphs.
Students consider how the tension of a rubber band relates to the stress build-up in earthquakes. They conduct research and write fictional television coverage about a Pacific Northwest town that is hit by an earthquake.
Sixth graders write research reports about trains. They focus on mechanical features of trains.