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#### Plate Tectonics Cycle — Fifth Grade

Math/Science Nucleus provides a set of four resources that take a deeper look into the parts of the plate tectonics cycle. Each resource contains hands-on activities and labs to help fifth graders develop a better understanding of one of...

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#### Plate Tectonics Cycle — Fifth Grade

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#### Richter Scale

The 12th lesson in a series of 20 opens with a demonstration of exponential functions using pasta. This concept is connected to the Richter Scale, which is also an exponential function. Scholars compare the exponential scale that...

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#### Simplification of Radical Expressions: Richter Scale Exponents

Shake up your lessons with with a radical resource. Scholars use a slider to view the Richter scale magnitude and amplitude of historical earthquakes. They use powers of 10 to compare the amplitudes of different earthquakes.

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#### Logarithmic Scale

In this thought-provoking video, Sal shows how a typical linear scale is different than a logarithmic scale. He plots numbers on both scales and compares them to show why the logarithmic scale is useful. This video gives a nice intuitive...

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#### Vi and Sal Explore How We Think About Scale

Why is it that people perceive there is a bigger difference between the numbers one and two than the numbers 1001 and 1002? In this interesting video, Sal is accompanied by Vi Hart, and they talk about how we tend to think according to...

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#### Shake it up with Seismographs!

Shake things up in your STEM or earth science classroom when you have small groups construct their own seismographs. A reading assignment on the history of seismographs, the Richter scale, and current technology sets the stage for the...

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#### Magnitude of the Richter Scale

Learners examine how a Richter scale operates. They create a booklet illustrating each rating on the scale. They discover how engineers use different measurement tools.

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#### Comparing Richter and Mercalli Scales

In this Richter and Mercalli scale worksheet, learners answer questions about these two types of scales and how to read each. They answer questions about the Mercalli scale and Richter scale given percentages and magnitudes of earthquakes.

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#### Earthquake Power

In this earthquakes worksheet, students learn about the measurements of earthquakes on the Richter scale. They answer six questions about the magnitudes and sizes of earthquakes using two tables of data about earthquakes and the Richter...

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#### Comparing the New Madrid and San Andreas Fault Zones

For this faults worksheet, students use an earthquake reference sheet to find the numbers for a modified Mercalli and Richter scale. They compare the San Andreas Fault zone and the New Madrid fault zone on the United States map. They...

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#### Earthquakes Rock!

Students study the main methods to measure earthquakes; the Richter Scale and Mercalli Scale. They make a model of a seismograph and investigate which structural designs are most likely to survive an earthquake.

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#### Earthquakes: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

Examine earthquake intensities and ways to measure an earthquake through the comparison of the Mercalli and Richter scales. After completing the pre-lab worksheet, fourth graders compare high and low intensity quakes by testing the...

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#### QuakeFeed Earthquake Map, Alerts and News

Amateur seismologists explore Earth's earthquakes in real time using a variety of map styles and parameter selections.

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#### Evaluating an Illinois Earthquake

Students develop awareness of occurrences of earthquakes in Illinois and their past and potential future damage, and examine distribution of earthquakes in central U.S. regions.

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#### Earthquake Detector

Students investigate earthquakes and describe the interactions inside the Earth that cause them to occur. Then they research the equipment and systems for detection and measurement of earthquakes. Students also build and engage in a...

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#### What are Earthquakes?

Here is a scientific presentation of earthquakes. The elastic rebound theory is explained, as well as the different types of waves and how they are measured. Just a note: Slide number 15 has a diagram that is upside down. Enable editing...

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#### How Big was that Quake?

In this earthquake worksheet, students determine the magnitude of an earthquake based on the seismogram reading. This worksheet has 5 problems to solve.

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#### Vi and Sal Talk About the Mysteries of Benford's Law

Challenge your students to come up with their own explanation of why this interesting mathematical law works! Sal, accompanied by Vi Hart, demonstrates BenfordÕs Law. They challenge the listeners to see if they can give an intuitive...

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#### Vi and Sal Talk About the Mysteries of Benford's Law

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#### Musical Plates-Earthquakes

For this plotting earthquake data worksheet, students use a large world map and given web sites showing the latitude and longitude for the epicenter of recent earthquakes around the world. Students plot 2 weeks of earthquake data...

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#### Destruction by Earthquakes

For this earthquakes worksheet, students review terms associated with earthquakes such as Richter scale, seismographs, and the Moho scale. This worksheet has 10 fill in the blank questions.

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#### Earthquakes

Learn about the causes of earthquakes, as well as the value of seismographs, with an informative presentation. From the Richter Scale to the Mecalli Scale, learners discover elements that make an earthquake occur.

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#### Hazards: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

Learn about damage associated with earthquakes and materials that best withstand a quake. A lab engages class members in the experimental design and construction of sturdy structures that can endure various earthquake intensities. Groups...

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