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Grade Level: High School (Earth Science, Physical Science and Physics)

Subject: Earthquakes

Learner Outcomes:

(Additional inquiry standards now addressed in this unit were not previously)

Student Task: Students listen and take notes on lectures related to earthquakes. Topics include: seismology, plate tectonics and crustal boundaries, and waves. Students write a report that describes the dangers of living in areas often affected by earthquakes.

Teacher Role: Teacher gives information regarding earthquakes (lecture and notes), directs students to resources for their projects, assists with reports when necessary.

Grouping: Students work individually, must participate in whole class discussions as well.

Hook: Student interest is obtained by describing some of the devastation that accompanies an earthquake.

Student-Directed Learning: Students write their own reports on the affects of earthquakes.

Use of Technology: Students are given the opportunity to use the Internet for research.

Assessment: Students are observed during class lectures through questioning and note taking. Student reports are graded.

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Theresa Owens (towens@scsu.edu)
School: SCSU High School Team, BCO Math/Science Hub
Created: March 20, 2001 - Updated: April 3, 2001
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/earthquakes/toprelin.html