Living in Earthquake Country

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Link to Resource: https://web.archive.org/web/20161107025335/http%3A/teachingboxes.org/earthquakes/index.jsp
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
Summary:The goal of this Teaching Box is to teach students about how and why earthquakes cause damage. Living in Earthquake Country explores seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and intensity, the occurrence of earthquakes along patches of planar faults, and the potential damage caused by earthquakes such as landslides, liquefaction, or structural failure. At the conclusion of the Box, students are asked to select the best place to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. They will justify their selection by using the knowledge gained through this exploration.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS3.A; ESS3.B; PS4.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1; HS-PS4-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-2; MS-PS4-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: earthquake; landslide; natural hazards; seismology
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