Seismology Teacher Resources
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Shake it up with Seismographs!Lesson Planet
3rd - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Shake things up in your STEM or earth science classroom when you have small groups construct their own seismographs. A reading assignment on the history of seismographs, the Richter scale, and current technology sets the stage for the...
The Earth Moves Under My FeetLesson Planet
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Most people rely on the ground under them remaining still and constant, yet the plates on the earth are constantly moving. A research-based STEM lesson asks pupils to research seismic data and tectonic plates. Then they create surveys of...
Plate Tectonics Cycle — Sixth GradeLesson Planet
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 to understanding the Plate Tectonics Cycle.
Earthquakes: A Whole Lot of Quakin' Goin" OnLesson Planet
9th - 12th
Students develop Modified Mercalli Intensity values for a written description of an earthquake. They map MMi values and defend their decisions where to place them on a large-scale zip code map. They define how measures of magnitude and...
Why Do Buildings Fall in Earthquakes?Lesson Planet
5 mins 4th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
There are few natural phenomena as startling as an earthquake, and depending on the building you're in, these experiences can be downright terrifying. Follow along as this video explores the factors that determine how a building reacts...
Plate Tectonics: Sixth Grade Lesson Plans and ActivitiesLesson Planet
Here is a set of pre-lab, lab, and post-lab lesson plans on plate tectonics. After completing the previous labs on volcanoes and earthquakes, sixth graders use the gained knowledge to explore plate boundaries and the movement of Earth's...
Earthquakes: Sixth Grade Lesson Plans and ActivitiesLesson Planet
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...
Earthquakes Living Lab: FAQs about P Waves, S Waves and MoreLesson Planet
9th - 12th
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...
Earthquakes Living Lab: Locating EarthquakesLesson Planet
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
There are patterns in nearly everything — even earthquakes. Pairs research current earthquakes to see if there are any patterns. They determine the mean, median, and mode of the earthquake data, along with the maximum and minimum. Using...
Earthquakes Living Lab: Geology and the 1906 San Francisco EarthquakeLesson Planet
5th - 8th
We can learn from the past to protect the future. Pairs look at two historical earthquakes: San Francisco, Calif., and Kobe, Japan. Pupils compare the two earthquakes and their impacts, then determine how engineers may use the...
Why Are Earthquakes so Hard to Predict?Lesson Planet
5 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Cell phones to crowdsource vibrations to warn of incoming earthquakes? Detectors to register high levels of radon-thoron isotopes? After detailing the factors that make earthquakes so difficult to predict, the narrator of a fascinating...
Earthquakes Living Lab: Designing for DisasterLesson Planet
6th - 8th
Build and design to rock and roll. Pairs research building design in earthquake areas and use computer simulations to see the effects of earthquakes on buildings,. They then sketch and explain a building design that would withstand a...
Earthquakes and Volcanoes Post AssessmentLesson Planet
6th CCSS: Adaptable
The final lesson in the 20-part series is a post assessment covering earthquakes and volcanoes. Twenty-three questions incorporate each of the previous lessons through multiple choice, justified multiple choice, expanded multiple choice,...
Infrared Yellowstone Lesson 1: The Invisible Yellowstone National ParkLesson Planet
5th - 7th
Using NASA infrared imaging and a temperature map, learners hone their scientific observation skills. They look at multiple images of Old Faithful before, during, and after a geyser emission. They compare the infrared images to regular...
How the Leaning Tower of Pisa Was Saved: Crash Course Engineering #40Lesson Planet
10 mins 9th - 12th
It's really not okay for buildings to start leaning. An informative video describes how geotechnical and seismic engineers consider the underlying bedrock and soil type when designing foundations for buildings. It looks at the Leaning...