Earth Science Links
Here are some links to Earth Science and Earthquake web resources.
Earthquake Lesson Plans
introduction to seismology, even if you're not from Tennessee.
|This project and unit is an exciting exercise integrating many subject areas across the curriculum. During the unit, students not only learn about Plate Tectonics and
earthquakes, but they also learn descriptive writing techniques, architectural design, computer skills, oral communication skills, monetary/budget skills, cooperative
group working skills and many other important skills.
tutorial with 30 classroom exercises from the Southern California
doing. You can become a "Virtual Seismologist" at the
Virtual Earthquake page.
internet-based research lesson with a focus on Tennessee. This
could also be adapted to another region.
|Students use the Internet to research data on earthquakes and volcanoes and plot locations
to determine continental plate boundaries. Extensions include interpretation of interaction between
plate boundaries, causes of earthquakes and volcanoes, and the comparison of the formation of Olympus
Moons on Mars and the Hawaiian volcanic chain.
|Use on-line earthquake
hazard maps and other relevant geological information to assess hazards to life and property
associated with hypothetical earthquakes of various magnitudes. Working in small groups with other
students, you may then use this information to develop strategies that might be used to reduce
damage and loss of life in the area within which your home or school is located. Overall, this lesson
will help you to gain a better understanding of the complex nature of the interaction between
earthquakes and human beings.
|Earthquakes can provide a useful context for teaching or reviewing many basic physics concepts, such as sliding and
static friction, forms of energy and conversion from one form to another, and the elastic properties of materials.
With this understanding, the mechanism of earthquakes becomes clearer.
|Use real time data from the Internet to solve a problem. Determine latitude and longitude of an earthquake. Chart Earthquake's position on a large world map Chart Volcanic Activity on a large map Determine Plate Boundaries Ascertain convergent boundaries
|Using a candy
bar, gum, and Twizzlers, students will demonstrate the effects of
deformational forces on the earth's crust.
consist of an outer layer of the Earth, the lithosphere, which is cool
enough to behave as a more or less rigid shell. Only lithosphere
has the strength and the brittle behavior to fracture in an
|This lesson will guide you through several activities to help you think like a geologist.
1.Building Your Own Seismograph (optional); 2.Can You Read a Quake? 3.Race of the Waves; 4.Where Did It Hit? 5.Shadows from the Core
6.Prediction or Prevention
Lessons and Activities
|This lesson is designed to promote an
understanding of how a natural disaster, specifically an earthquake, can
devastate the essential aspects of a country’s infrastructure.
(New York Times)
|Examining the Local, National and International Effects On and
Responses To the Earthquake in Turkey. (New York Times)
|Understanding the Importance of Providing Aid to Victims of Natural
Disasters. (New York Times)
|Youngsters explore basic principles of structural design and material strength to discover
effective ways to construct buildings that can withstand earthquakes. They then design a series of
experiments to explore the relationship between the type of ground a structure is built on and the
degree of damage it is likely to sustain in an earthquake.
(National Science Foundation)
Earth Science Teaching and Resources
“Earth Science Sites of the Week” dating back to 1999
are now available and can be searched by keyword. To access past
archives go to the “Earth Science Site of the Week Archives” link half
way down the page at http://webs.cmich.edu/resgi/ Another way to access
sites is to consult RESOURCES FOR EARTH SCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY
INSTRUCTION at http://webs.cmich.edu/resgi . Over 1000 reviewed links
are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an
introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also
available for environmental science, earth science/geography education,
career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image
quality, ease with which lesson plans can be developed, organization,
authenticity, scope, and format. Contact Mark.Francek@cmich.edu to join
the mailing list, or suggest a site to be listed.
Exploratorium, suggested by John Cafarella: “here's
everything students need to know about earthquakes, presented through
video, graphics, photos, interactive classroom projects, webcasts and
more. The information is divided into five primary sections: Live Eye on
the Earth, Great Shakes, Quake Basics, Damage Control, and Active Zone.
Education World, which gave this site an A+ rating, says students may
want to begin with Quake Basics where they can learn about plate
tectonics, faults, waves and how the earth's movements are measured.
Great Shakes includes information about earthquakes in and around San
Francisco, including video from the World Series game when the 1989
earthquake started. You'll also find links to other sites that track
daily movements of the earth.” (From Earth Science Sites of the
|* An Earth Science
dictionary of over 500 terms
* Printable geologic time scale
* Printable mineral identification chart
* Directory for jobs and careers in Earth Science
* Over 200 satellite images of cities, states, and countries
* New Google maps that have been featured on EarthScope.com and
This video segment adapted from A Science
Odyssey profiles Alfred Wegener, the scientist who first proposed
the theory of continental drift. Initially criticized, his theory was
accepted after further evidence revealed the existence of tectonic
plates and showed that these plates move.
related to the evidence for and history of plate tectonics.
|Index to a
diverse set of lessons.
for Kids" answers many basic questions.
|Michigan Technological University: A program created to teach young people (and not-so-young people) more
about the planet we live on and how it works
UC Berkeley Library, Earth Science
& Map Library
California Earthquake Center
Internet Resources in Earth Sciences and Natural Hazards
UC Berkeley Seismological Lab
The Australian National University
Earth Sciences Library
Science Resources are sorted by
Category, Subcategory, and Grade
The following are known Internet type connections where original seismic data or seismic research information is available. See
the end of the list for several other indexes to related fields.
The science of earthquakes and earthquake prediction, fault lines, major quake regions, and more
WHERE CAN I FIND TEACHING RESOURCES ABOUT SEISMOLOGY?
WHERE CAN I FIND OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES ABOUT EARTH SCIENCES AND NATURAL HAZARDS?
This "page" is an ongoing project to see what relevant K-12 GeoScience resources are available on the web.
This page is a list of links to
on-line resources in the earth sciences in general and the solid earth sciences in particular (including geophysics and geology).
|These links are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also
available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image quality, ease
with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format.
General Education Web Sites
|Do Science has great science activities for
parents and students. Educators will find ideas for the classroom and resources for professional
development. Have fun exploring this site
|Search ENC's catalog for K-12 math and science curriculum resources.
|Blue Web'n is a
searchable database of over 1000
outstanding Internet learning sites categorized by subject
area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects,
resources, references, & tools).
site with lots of information and ideas.
and well organized site with many links for learning.
|Good links to
many lessons and related information.
resource links for students, parents, teachers, scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
|This page contains the complete list of the major concepts involved in teaching Science in the Secondary Classroom. The
concepts are divided into Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science and Intermediate Science. Each major concept is listed
and linked to its list of Concept Development, Demos, Tips and Labs/Activites.
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PRINTED CURRICULUM MATERIALS
Tremor Troops, A Teacher's Package on Earthquakes for K-6
Produced by The National Science Teachers Association with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Phone: (703) 243-7100.
Seismic Sleuths, A Teacher's Package on Earthquakes for Grades 7-12
Produced by The American Geophysical Union with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
For Seismic Sleuths, phone the FEMA Warehouse, POB 2012, Jessup, MD, 20794-2012
Phone: (800) 480-2520
For Troops or Sleuths, contact: The Bay Area Science Institute , San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose CA
Phone: (408) 924-5030
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