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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Sixth Grade

For Teachers 6th Standards
Four resources make up a collection that breaks down each part of the plate tectonic cycle, developed by Math/Science Nucleus. With pre- and post-labs, discussion topics, and writing assignments, sixth graders take on a hands-on approach...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Fifth Grade

For Teachers 5th
Math/Science Nucleus provides a set of four resources that take a deeper look into the parts of the plate tectonics cycle. Each resource contains hands-on activities and labs to help fifth graders develop a better understanding of one of...
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Why S-Waves Only Travel in Solids

For Students 8th
Starting with a very clear diagram to demonstrate how a wave actually forms, an informative video will be a great summary about s wave travel. It explains the difference between polar bonds in liquids versus the stronger ionic and...
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How Do I Make My Own P and S Waves

For Students 7th - 10th
In this P and S waves worksheet, students use a Slinky to simulate P and S waves showing compressional and dilational motion.
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Earthquakes: Fifth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 5th
After learning about P waves and S waves, fifth graders view the intensity of earthquakes by examining seismographs and images of earthquake damage. Young scientists then forecasting future quakes by analyzing data about earthquakes...
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Roots of the Mariana Arc

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Plumb the depths of the Submarine Ring of Fire and explore seismic waves with this lesson. Junior geologists simulate s-waves and p-waves, calculate their speeds, and then apply the data to discover the material that makes up inner...
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Earthquakes Living Lab: FAQs about P Waves, S Waves and More

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Let's talk about earthquakes .... Using the Internet, pupils research what causes earthquakes, how scientists measure them, their locations, and their effects. The resource is not only informative, but it also builds crucial research...
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How We Know About the Earth's Core

For Students 8th - 11th
The big question is, how do we know about the composition of the earth's core? Sal explains that at 105 degrees from the source point of an earthquake the phenomena of p wave shadow zone leads us to conclude that the waves are traveling...
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Being P-Waves and S-Waves

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Learners participate in a demonstration in which they, themselves, represent seismic P-waves and S-waves.
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Finding the Epicenter

For Teachers 6th Standards
The epicenter is the point on the ground above the initial point of rupture. The 10th lesson plan in a series of 20 encourages scholars to learn to triangulate the epicenter of an earthquake based on the arrival times of p waves and s...
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Earthquakes Living Lab: Finding Epicenters and Measuring Magnitudes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pairs use an online simulation to determine the epicenter and magnitude of an earthquake. Using real data about the earthquake's maximum S wave amplitudes, they then determine the magnitude. The resource provides a great career...
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Keep on Standing!!

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners construct an earthquake simulator and create building models to test. In this earthquake lesson plan, students use the Internet and a slinky to demonstrate P and S waves. They construct an earthquake simulator as a class and use...
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Refraction of Seismic Waves

For Students 8th - 9th
Mr. Khan uses a metaphor of a car to help explain the change in direction of waves as they hit a boundary between two mediums. He then goes on to explain the relationship between the structure and density of the earth and the behavior of...
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Wave Watching

For Teachers 6th Standards
Seismologists use the direction and arrival times of p waves and s waves to determine the distance to the source of an earthquake. The engaging lesson has students line up to form human waves. Through different movements when attached,...
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Stressed Out!

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Have your class engage in lessons on earthquakes. Learners explore the science behind earthquakes using interactive websites and video clips. Then, they review the layers and parts of the Earth before delving into the causes of...
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Earthquakes: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 4th Standards
Examine earthquake intensities and ways to measure an earthquake through the comparison of the Mercalli and Richter scales. After completing the pre-lab worksheet, fourth graders compare high and low intensity quakes by testing the...
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Characteristics of Waves

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Waves, waves, and more waves. Here, class members look at the many types and characteristics of energy waves including transverse, longitudinal, standing, seismic, p-waves, s-waves, and l-waves. 
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Seismic Waves

For Students 8th
Use a video on seismic waves to explain the differences between s and p waves, as well as the details that they provide about the composition of the rock.
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Finding Epicenters

For Students 6th - 10th
In this earthquake learning exercise, students use the seismographs from different locations to determine the epicenter for the earthquake. Students plot the epicenter on a map. This learning exercise has 1 graphic organizer.
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What's Shakin', Dude?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners create P- & S-wave travel charts to better understand the relationship between the two wave types, travel times, and travel distances.
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Finding Epicenters 1

For Students 8th - 10th
In this finding epicenters learning exercise, students complete a table given the "P" and "S" wave arrival times of 6 different earthquakes. Students calculate the difference in arrival time of the waves, the distance to the epicenter,...
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Earthquakes: Sixth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 6th Standards
Young seismologists learn more about plate tectonics with a set of pre-lab, lab, and post-lab lessons plans on earthquakes. After exploring how waves travel through various materials, sixth graders record their observations and draw...
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Determining Epicenter Distance

For Students 7th - 10th
In this earthquake worksheet, students determine the distance of the epicenter based on the S-waves and P-waves on a seismograph. This worksheet has 4 problems to solve.
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Seismic Waves

For Students 6th - 8th
In this seismic waves worksheet, student will read information about the different types of waves that occur during an earthquake: P (Primary) waves, S (Secondary) waves, and shear waves. Then students will complete 2 short answer...

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