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Earthquake Science

March 2nd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, March 2, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
USGS: Earthquakes for Kids

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately – there are aspects that will appeal to people of all ages)

Due to the massive earthquake in Chile on February 27th (magnitude 8.8 on the Richter Scale), I thought your children may have questions about earthquakes. At this USGS website (designed for kids) you can learn all about the science behind earthquakes and much more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of items that include:

*The Science of Earthquakes – Discover what happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another and better understand terminology like fault, fault zone, magnitude, Richter Scale, hypocenter, and epicenter.

*Latest Quakes – View an interactive map of the world indicating where and when earthquakes have happened.

*Become an Earthquake Scientist – Learn how a geophysicist studies the Earth using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods.

*Animations – Watch incredible animations of liquefaction, strike-slip fault, thrust fault, wavefronts, foreshocks and more.

*Puzzles and Games – Get coloring pages to print, take an earthquake quiz, enjoy an interactive word search puzzle, use a calculator to see how much bigger a magnitude 8.7 earthquake is than a 5.8.

You’ll also find terrific links to further resources, science projects, and “Earthquake ABC’s.”

Then, learn what to do to stay safe in an earthquake at FEMA’s website.

FREE Unit Study: How the Earth Works!

April 12th, 2005

Recommended Website:
How Does the Earth Work?

List member, Tammy Watson, recommended today’s website for budding geologists and as a great supplement to any celebration of Earth Day (the 38th anniversary celebration is on Friday, April 22nd, 20011).

When you get to the site you will see an introduction that outlines the four lessons designed for elementary students. This is similar to a webquest, in that students go to various recommended educational websites to find data to complete their assignments. The lessons include:

  1. The Layers of the Earth — Accept an assignment to investigate what the Earth is made of and how it works — including convection currents!
  2. Plate Tectonics — Become a News Reporter to inform your readers about the Super Continent of Pangaea and Plate Tectonics.
  3. Volcanoes and Earthquakes — Become a Volcanologist and learn to collect data and graph volcanic eruptions.
  4. The Difference between Climate and Weather — Discover what meteorologists do — analyze climate data!

You can follow the lessons in the order prescribed or use each lesson independent from the others to explore an area of interest to your particular student. This is a great use of web technology to further education.