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Learners examine the tsunami of 2004. They look at what created the wave, the destruction it caused, and the needs of the survivors. Pupils utilize an interactive website that sheds further light on the causes of tsunamis and the types of organizations that assist the survivors. The lesson is packed with great activities, worksheets, a quiz, and a terrific culminating activity.
Math and science collide in this lesson about tsunamis. Emerging earth scientists calculate how long it takes for a tsunami to hit the coast from the time of the earthquake or landslide that causes the wave to rise. Unit rates and the use of multi-digit numbers are required.
Students can explain the causes of a tsunami and its effects. In this tsunami lesson, students create a tsunami generator. Students create waves with a metal plate. students create houses and find which designs last best in a tsunami. Students complete four trial of each building created. Students discuss results.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation on the development of tsunami warning centers. In this earth science lesson, students research about past tsunami events that led to the development of these warning centers. They recommend ways to educate people about the danger of tsunamis.
Discuss how technology is used to communicate information regarding earthquakes and tsunamis by having students develop their own public safety announcement for hazard mitigation purposes. They will go through the scientific method to develop their presentation in order to show how technology can be used to address problems. Great small group project!
Learners investigate world geography by creating a written document. In this tsunami safety instructional activity, students identify the potential impacts earthquakes and tsunamis can have on cities and towns around the world. Learners locate specific areas in Alaska where tsunamis are more likely to hit and create a safety brochure which instructs people how to avoid problems if one strikes.
Students research tsunamis. In this tsunami lesson plan, students read first hand accounts of tsunami survivors. Students log on to Second Life and virtually experience the destructive forces of tsunamis. Later, students write a report explaining the warning signs of tsunamis.
Students examine the causes of tsunamis and observe a table top wave making machine. They make model houses while working in groups so that the can see how different construction types work. They discuss how engineers can design and construct buildings that are resistant to the destructive waves using available material.