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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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Published in 1990
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing seven, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate common earth faults and associated landforms. The faults described are: normal, reverse, right- and left-lateral strike-slip, and oblique-slip. There are also models and discussions of...
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Demonstrating how seismic shaking depends on local geology.
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By GeoBlox
This 3-D earthquake model demonstrates parts of an earthquake: the focus, the epicenter, and P waves.
Grade Level   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.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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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...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"Discover your """"birthquake,"""" the most powerful earthquake on the day of your birth. Enter your birth date and discover the location and magnitude of the biggest quakes around the world!"
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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...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this lesson, students examine seismic evidence to determine a) Earth must have a layered internal structure and, b) estimate the size of Earth’s core. Using an inquiry approach, students are divided into two teams (theoreticians and seismologists) to test the simplest hypothesis for what is...
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, students explore the causes of earthquakes and their impact on the geology of an area and on human societies. They begin by looking at the role tectonic plates play in creating the forces that cause earthquakes, to help them understand why earthquakes occur when and where they do....
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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In this activity, students work collaboratively in small groups to investigate the earthquake cycle using a mechanical model. Students' attention is captured through several short video clips illustrating the awe-inspiring power of ground shaking resulting from earthquakes. To make students' prior...
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.
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An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden release of stored energy along a fault. Think of it like snapping your fingers. You push your fingers together enough so that they don't move when you try to slide them sideways. Then suddenly, one finger slips past the other finger and...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Some areas of the world are susceptible to frequent earthquakes. Other areas of the world have a history of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, many areas such as Japan experience both volcanoes and earthquakes. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to examine patterns of earthquakes below Earth's surface and relate earthquakes to plate boundaries and movement.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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According to the theory of plate tectonics, Earth's crust is composed of a number of individual plates that change shape and position over time. Geophysical evidence indicates that the face of Earth's surface has changed significantly since its initial formation and that the plates on which the...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Dynamic Earth is an interactive website where students can learn about the structure of the Earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The first section focuses on the layers that make up the Earth , from the thin...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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