Take the Pulse of Your Classroom

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/take-pulse-your-classroom
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Summary:Elastic waves that move through the Earth are called seismic waves. Want to study them more closely? SeisMac is a free application that displays the output from the Sudden Motion Sensor in recent Mac laptops as a real-time, three-axis, acceleration graph, or, more commonly, a seismogram. Once your class has received some instruction on seismic waves, the following activity can leverage SeisMac technology to help students understand how a seismometer records ground motions. Consider: What information does a threecomponent seismogram express? How are S and P waves identified on a seismogram? How do seismic waves travel through the Earth?
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-3; HS-PS4-1; MS-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: earth science week; earthquake; seismology
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