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"MyShake is a free app for Android (and in the future, iOS) phones that has the ability to recognize earthquake shaking using the sensors in every smartphone. The app runs """"silently"""" in the background on your phone using very little power - just like the step-tracking fitness apps. When the...
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When an earthquake strikes, investigate why some buildings survive and others do not. How buildings with different foundations respond to earthquakes. This activity could form part of a lesson about earthquakes and their effects. It could also form part of the preparation for the best way people...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity allows students to construct a small-scale model of liquefaction, a hazard associated with strong-magnitude earthquakes. The sand, water, and ping pong ball(s) represent the composites of soil: sediment, water, and air, respectively. The shaking, representative of seismic waves, will...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a variety of natural hazards and explore how understanding these threats makes us better able to avoid or reduce their potential harmful impact.
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The USGS's Today in Earthquake History page gives details of famous earthquakes that happened on that date in history. Visit every day and learn about a new quake.
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Chapter 3 focuses on cones, eruptions, pyroclasts, looking at products of volcanic eruptions and hotspot volcanoes. Lessons included in this chapter: lava flows and pyroclasts, volcanic cones and eruptions, hotspot volcanoes (Hawaii and Yellowstone).
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Pupils prepare a scientific report about earthquakes, a topic studied in science or geography. The activity creates a cross-curricular link between the sciences and arts. Pupils can: relate their existing knowledge about earthquakes to historis paintings of the results of earthquakes; look carefully...
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This site lists Science Fair projects relating to the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program. Projects include: earthquake prediction, seismic waves, making a seismograph, earthquake risks, San Andreas Fault model, plate tectonics, Tsunamis, stress and strains, monitoring earthquakes, and earthquake-proof...
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Earthquakes are exciting and dangerous, and many Earth scientists try to determine the risks they pose to people. In fact, earthquakes are one of the most costly natural hazards faced by the Untied States, posing a significant risk to 75 million Americans in 39 States. Earthquakes occur every day....
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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Chapter 2 focuses on earthquakes and Volcanoes. Lessons included in this chapter: Earthquakes - the rolling Earth, Volcanoes, Volcanic Terms.
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Landslides not only are dangerous — causing on average more than 25 deaths and over ¤1 billion in damages a year — but are also widespread, occurring in all 50 states. Compounding the hazards, these natural disasters often occur along with other similar natural phenomena, such as floods...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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A normal fault occurs when rocks break and move because they are being pulled apart. As the area is stretched, the rocks move along the fault. Each movement causes an earthquake. This model demonstrates how a block of rock is extended by a normal fault. 
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"This activity opens by asking students to demonstrate how 'hard"""" they think the ground shakes during an earthquake. To quantify their demonstrations of ground shaking, students are introduced to a three-component accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB). Through a teacher lead discussion students...
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"In this activity, students will use an accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB) to kinesthetically explore the physical """"meaning"""" of three component seismic data by replicating a seismogram by moving the accelerometer. Students have a chance to identify S and P waves and describe the paths each...
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"How does your school teach students about disasters and disaster preparedness? NIH's K-12 education team recently compiled a list of disaster-related resources for schools and classrooms. The resources are vetted for accuracy and include lesson plans, curriculum, games, and fact sheets. Students...
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We compare a light bulb to an earthquake to clarify the difference between magnitude and intensity, two concepts that are often used interchangably, but in error. Though both are related to a measured earthquake, intensity reflects what is felt during an earthquake at many locations, and the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity is designed to give you practice using a geologic map to assess the likelihood and location of a particular natural hazard — earthquakes — in California.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students learn how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by building their own structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students test how earthquake-proof their buildings are by testing them on an earthquake simulated in a pan on Jell-O. Students also develop an...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2015
Earthquakes are awe-inspiring. But the destruction, confusion, and injury associated with them often overshadow important classroom discussion about how these phenomena actually occur. By understanding what causes earthquakes, children can think about ways that scientists can work to prevent future...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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"This activity is intended to help students observe how stick-slip movement works. Instructions on how to build a motorized version of the following experiment as well as data produced from this model are available. At the end of the activity, students will be able to answer the questions,...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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