Seismic Sleuths: Earthquakes, A Teacher's Package for Grades 7-12

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Link to Resource: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/15229
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Summary:This package provides middle and high school teachers with information around the causes and effects of earthquakes. Activity sheets for students and background materials for teachers are provided in each of the volumes' six units. The unit assesses student's knowledge about earthquakes and provide information about preparedness and emergency management; discuss the causes of earthquakes, including crustal stresses and the earth's structure, and their effects; present information on seismic waves and the development of seismology and instruments used to measure an earthquake's magnitude; explain the effects of earthquakes on buildings and earthquake-resistant design techniques; and discuss earthquake preparedness and the reactions of different populations to historical earthquakes. The last unit provides a variety of summary and assessment activities and additional resources.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-3; HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-3; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Stability and change
Subjects: earth; earthquake; geology; geoscience; high school; middle school; seismology
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