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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.
Students can explain the causes of a tsunami and its effects. In this tsunami lesson plan, 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 discover the causes of tsunamis in oceans and fjords. They perform an experiment to discover how calving icebergs can create different wave patterns in the ocean and in a fjord. In addition, they draw a diagram to illustrate the results of the experiment.
Students explore tsunami through various hands-on activities. In this earth science lesson plan, students explain how they are formed. They create tsunami and earthquake models in the lab to observe how they are generated.
Tsunami Simulation Experiment
Students examine the importance of tsunami warning systems. They read and discuss an article, conduct an experiment in a wave tank, calculate wave velocities of tsunamis, and identify what happens to tsunamis as they approach a shoreline.
Tsunamis Create Warning Centers
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.
Communications Technology, Earthquakes and 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!
Tsunami Mapping Taskforce
High schoolers explore the different technology used in mapping tsunami using an interactive website. In this earth science lesson plan, students compare the pros and cons of each method used. They create their own tsunami inundation maps.
Tsunami Simulation Experiment
Pupils examine an article about tsunami warning systems and discuss why they are important. They conduct an experiment that shows how the velocity of a wave in water changes with the depth.
The Science of Tsunamis: Seeking Understanding in the Wake of Tragedy
Students use Internet research, articles, discussion and models to explore the dynamics of a tsunami. They focus on the 2004 Asian Tsunami and create posters illustrating their understanding of this phenomenon.
Tsunamis by the Book
Learners use the Internet and other sources to investigate tsunamis. They construct books listing several tsunami facts and cite their sources. They read their books to another class.
Middle schoolers examine what causes tsunamis and why they all behave differently. In this tsunami instructional activity students complete a group activity after viewing a video.
Tsunami - Five Years On
Young scholars explore the issues of rebuilding after the Indonesian tsunami. In this reconstruction instructional activity, students investigate the reconstruction that followed the devastating event.
TE Lesson: Tsunami Attack!
Students examine how earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides can trigger tsunami waves. They determine how engineers use sensors to detect the dangerous wave, and how they help design building that will survive the wave force and water.
Tsunamis Around The World
Young scholars learn about tsunamis that have occurred in different parts of the world and locate recent tsunamis using longitude and latitude on a map. In this tsunami lesson plan, students read a report of a tsunami to the class.
Making Waves: A Study of Earthquakes and Tsunami
Students examine plate tectonics and the causative effect of earthquakes. In this tectonics instructional activity students differentiate between the types of energy waves that cause earthquakes and tsunamis and how waves travel at different speeds.
TE Activity: Survive That Tsunami!
Young scholars 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.
Students explain tsunamis. For this oceanic lesson, students study the parts of an ocean wave and what type of wave creates a tsunamis. They will design a simulation of a tsunami using a slinky. Students will compare regular ocean waves to a tsunami.
Students explore Earth science by completing a graphing activity. In this natural disasters lesson, students discuss the impact tsunamis have on Alaska and examine the statistics of the wave height. Students create a graph of tsunami data and complete a worksheet based on the misconceptions of tsunamis.
Tsunami Warning Systems
Students analyze weather patterns by viewing an educational video in class. For this tsunami lesson, students watch a film titled "Wave That Shook the World" and discuss the impact a tsunami or earthquake can have on land. Students complete a worksheet based upon weather awareness and the Dart II tsunami warning system.