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Multimedia Discovery Missions

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Multimedia Discovery Missions collection is a series of 13 interactive presentations and activities that introduce young geologists and oceanographers to fundamental concepts involving the Earth’s crust and ocean sea life. Benthos,...
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Tsunami!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
How does the depth of an ocean affect the speed of a tsunami's waves? Use Jell-o, graham crackers, and marshmallows to model the effects of an underwater earthquake and its resulting tsunami. The lesson includes hands-on activities,...
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Tsunami...Harbor Wave!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
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...
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Tsunami 101

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Tsunamis are one of the most terrifying natural disasters on Earth. This excellent video explains why tsunamis occur and has some scintillating footage of recent tsunamis - including the recent one in Japan and the one that occurred in...
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How a Tsunami Forms

For Teachers 6th - 9th
This kid knows his stuff. A middle schooler explains the five-step process that occurs as a tsunami forms. He relates his tsunami research to the events that occurred in Japan in 2011. The question he poses can be discussed by you class....
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How Tsunamis Work

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
A flood of information about tsunamis can be learned by viewing this feature. How do they get started? How fast do they travel? How high can they rise? The answers to these questions, plus a little bit of history, are given for your...
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Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, 2004

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The BBC reports on the Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred in 2004 off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia as a result of an earthquake. Footage of the waves and destruction around the area is shown. Maps delineate the quake's epicenter and...
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Track a Tsunami

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students comprehend tsunamis, where they are likely to occur, and that underwater earthquakes cause them. They discuss what can be done to protect people form a tsunami, such as using computerized bupys, wave simulation machines,...
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Tsunami Propagation

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Could an earthquake in Japan cause flooding in Hawaii or even Chile? Real-time earthquake data from 2011 helped create a computer simulation for future tsunami warnings. Watching the anticipated areas of flooding and the actual tsunami...
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Tsunami Simulation Experiment

For Teachers 10th - 12th
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. 
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DVD: America's Tsunamis- Are We Next?

For Students 5th - 7th
Do you plan to get your scientists engaged in the power of nature with the documentary: America's Tsunami-- Are We Next? If so, this 37-question viewing guide will keep your scholars attentive as they record pertinent details such as,...
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Tsunami Speed

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners calculate the speed of tsunami using a mathematical formula. In this environmental science lesson, students explain why knowing its speed is important. They convert measurements from one unit to another.
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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The largest recorded earthquake in Japan in the last 140 years triggered a tsunami in 2011. Live footage of the event was captured and is shown in this clip. The extensive damage is evident as water floods cities. In a social studies or...
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Tsunamis in Literature and Legends

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Have your class discuss the signs of an impending tsunami using literature. Learners read The Big Wave and discuss the actions taken by the villagers. They role play using scenes from the book. They answer questions and complete a...
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Tsunami Simulation Experiment

For Teachers 10th - 12th
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.
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Tsunami

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners explore tsunami through various hands-on activities. In this earth science lesson, students explain how they are formed. They create tsunami and earthquake models in the lab to observe how they are generated.
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Tsunami

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine the impact of tsunamis. In this tsunami lesson, students read clues and use critical thinking skills to determine why the HMS Chatham was diverted from Dubai in 2004. Students also research tsunamis and create...
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Understanding Tsunamis

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Tsunami Survival

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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. ...
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Publishing Natural Disaster Articles

For Teachers 5th
Wow, what a terrific lesson! After learning about natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis, pupils write an article and publish their work. This lesson is chock full of resources and...
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Tsunamis Around The World

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students 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.
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Tsunami Awareness

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students research tsunamis. In this tsunami lesson, 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...
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Tsunamis Create Warning Centers

For Teachers 10th - 11th
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...
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Slinky Tsunamis

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explain tsunamis. In 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...

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