Earthquakes Living Lab: Locating Earthquakes

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 their information, the pairs make earthquake predictions for a year.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Research the closest earthquake to find out more information, such as if it was felt in your town
  • Explore the locations of larger earthquakes and compare them to the locations of the smaller ones
Classroom Considerations
  • Each pair needs access to the Internet
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides example answers in the answer sheet
  • The resource has a vocabulary sections
  • Though the resource is designed for high school, its listed science standard is for middle school
Common Core