Seismology Teacher Resources
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When Earth Fails: How Earth?s Physical Changes Cause Natural Disasters
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.
Branches of Science Lesson Plans
Teachers can use branches of science lesson plans to get students excited about science careers.
Sixth graders complete reading comprehension, word analysis, and writing activities for a novel analysis of The Cave by Gary Crew. In this novel analysis instructional activity, 6th graders complete pre-reading activities and discussions for the novel. Students then read specific sections of the story and complete the novel analysis activities in sections. Students finish with a cause and effect worksheet as well as as fact and non-fact worksheet.
Picking Up the Pieces and Putting them Back Together
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.
Young scholars 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.
Learners create their own earthquake machine. They observe the machine in action and identify the different types of plate boundaries found throughout the world.
GEOGRAPHY OF JAPAN
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.
ESRI Live Earthquake Site
Learners examine a World map and find earthquakes near plate boundaries. They locate and describe earthquakes in the United States and California.
Geologic Time Measurement
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.
Learners 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.
Earthquakes and Seismic Waves
Young scholars 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.
It looks Like Champagne
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.
What's The Difference?
Young scholars 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.
Going to Extremes
Students compare and contrast Archaea with bacteria and other organisms. In this ocean lesson students complete diagrams.
Where There's Smoke......
Students use fundamental relationships between melting points, boiling points, solubility, temperature and pressure to develop explanations. In this chemistry lesson plan students complete an activity.
Earthquake Proof Structures
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
Math Morphing Proximate and Evolutionary Mechanisms
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.