TeachersFirst's Earthquake Resources

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Whether you teach about earthquakes as part of a unit on plate tectonics in an Earth Science class or need resources to explain a recent natural disaster, this collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand how earthquakes happen and learn about famous earthquakes in history. Also included are sites and tools well suited for projects about earthquakes.

 

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Extreme Event - Koshland Science Museum

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8 to 12
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Extreme Event is a crisis problem-solving game for groups of 12 or more players with a minimum age of 14 years old. Facilitators set up a room and time for ...more
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Extreme Event is a crisis problem-solving game for groups of 12 or more players with a minimum age of 14 years old. Facilitators set up a room and time for participants, and games typically take about an hour to complete. Choose from three scenarios - hurricane, flood, or earthquake. Download all game materials from the site including PDF cards, sounds, and visual effects. The videos in the classroom activity section reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): critical thinking (119), earthquakes (47), floods (10), hurricanes (39), logic (234), problem solving (287)

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Use the materials found on Extreme Event as a hands-on lesson in problem-solving, short and long term planning, and building community. Use an online tool such as Interactive Three Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast different strategies needed to solve problems in different crisis situations. Challenge students to create a brochure or newsletter sharing their findings. Are you integrating technology in your class? Instead of the traditional paper brochure use Lucidpress, reviewed here, or if you are more experienced use Sway, reviewed here, and create a newsletter. If you complete this activity with different classes, share results from the different games as part of your discussions on your problem-solving decisions.
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2 Minute Geology - Nick Zentner and Tom Foster

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6 to 12
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2 Minute Geology is a YouTube playlist featuring short, informative videos discussing geological features from around the world. Topics include petrified wood, the Seattle earthquake...more
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2 Minute Geology is a YouTube playlist featuring short, informative videos discussing geological features from around the world. Topics include petrified wood, the Seattle earthquake fault, and more. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): earthquakes (47), floods (10), geology (77), rocks (50), volcanoes (64)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like EdPuzzle, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. Use these videos to introduce geology concepts, then have students choose an idea to research further. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept. Challenge students to make a multimedia presentation of their findings using Sway, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as View Pure, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the View Pure page directly on the desktop.

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Tour of National Parks Geology - National Park Service

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6 to 12
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Explore the many different kinds of geology available for viewing at United States National Parks with this online tour. Choose from various categories to find links to parks with that...more
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Explore the many different kinds of geology available for viewing at United States National Parks with this online tour. Choose from various categories to find links to parks with that geologic theme. Some also include a short description of geologic features. Although this site looks quite simple, there is an abundance of information available for learning about geographic features around the United States.

tag(s): caves (6), fossils (45), geology (77), glaciers (17), mountains (16), plate tectonics (20), rivers (24), rocks (50), soil (18), volcanoes (64)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geographic features on a projector or interactive whiteboard. After sharing, allow students to explore on their own. Share the locations using Google Earth, reviewed here, and have students add placeholders and information about each site.

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Bozeman Science - Paul Anderson

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9 to 12
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Bozeman Science offers hundreds of science videos with topics ranging from Anatomy & Physiology through Statistics & Graphing. The site also includes videos aligned to AP curriculum...more
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Bozeman Science offers hundreds of science videos with topics ranging from Anatomy & Physiology through Statistics & Graphing. The site also includes videos aligned to AP curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. Each video includes easy to understand definitions along with examples of concepts; most videos run 10 minutes or less. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): advanced placement (24), animals (297), atoms (55), body systems (58), chemicals (42), ecosystems (84), elements (36), energy (205), evolution (99), human body (132), planets (127), plants (159), plate tectonics (20), pollution (65), population (63), rock cycle (9), solar energy (39), solar system (119), stars (64), weather (195)

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Be sure to take advantage of this extensive collection of videos in any upper-level science classroom. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Embed a video onto your website to use for flipped lessons - have students watch the video before coming to class to participate in additional learning activities. View the Educational video portion of the site to find teaching ideas for your classroom. Use this site as a model, then ask students to create video explanations using a tool such as Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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NASA SciFiles - Knowitall.org - South Carolina ETV Commission

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3 to 7
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The NASA SciFiles provides award-winning, inquiry-based and standards-based videos promoting STEM learning for students in grades 3-5. This section of Knowitall.org is designed to introduce...more
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The NASA SciFiles provides award-winning, inquiry-based and standards-based videos promoting STEM learning for students in grades 3-5. This section of Knowitall.org is designed to introduce students to NASA through the use of problem-based learning. Each series (topic) has four 15 minute videos, starring the Tree House Detectives solving problems and searching out answers using the scientific method. Find every area of STEM included in the series from environmental issues to space travel, energy to physical fitness, and everything else you can think of for STEM. Some specific sample topics include Case of the Shaky Quake, Case of the Galactic Vacation, Case of the Mysterious Material, Case of the "Wright" Invention, and too many more to name here.

tag(s): earthquakes (47), electricity (89), energy (205), fitness (49), flight (28), habitats (86), oceans (161), planets (127), plants (159), soil (18), sound (103), space (221), water cycle (32), weather (195)

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The video lengths make these perfect for classroom use or for young people to view on their own. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like playposit (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. Consider giving all students a chance to voice their opinions (even the shyest and quiet ones) by using a backchannel tool like TodaysMeet, reviewed here, during the discussion.
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GeoInquiries - ESRI

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4 to 12
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the...more
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the complete list of available collections on the left side of the homepage. After choosing a broad topic, select a specific activity, then click to open the PDF for easy access to content. In addition to the GeoInquiries, this site also includes several additional lengthier activities including all necessary teacher and student materials.

tag(s): agriculture (58), american revolution (86), civil war (143), climate change (68), cold war (30), demographics (19), earthquakes (47), landforms (48), maps (295), minerals (16), oceans (161), population (63), rocks (50), volcanoes (64), weather (195), world war 1 (56)

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Take advantage of the free lessons offered on GeoInquiries for use in your classroom. Divide students into groups to participate in different activities or use as enrichment for gifted students to complete independently. When finished with your inquiries, challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, demonstrating information learned.
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When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards - NBC Learn

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5 to 12
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Explore the science behind the world's worst natural disasters. These ten videos are hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia and The Weather Channel in partnership...more
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Explore the science behind the world's worst natural disasters. These ten videos are hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia and The Weather Channel in partnership with NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation. Topics include Wildfires, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, Space Weather, Landslides, Hurricanes, Flash Floods, and Earthquakes. Videos are approximately 5 to 6 minutes in length and include transcripts. Scientists' interviews explain the stunning scenes of nature's havoc. Although part of a larger site that charges for access, these videos are free.
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tag(s): earthquakes (47), floods (10), hurricanes (39), natural disasters (20), scientists (70), tornadoes (16), tsunamis (17), volcanoes (64), weather (195)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the weather. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Have students create an annotated, narrated image, including text boxes and related links, using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Place the videos on your classroom website or blog for students to explore on their own. Flip your instruction, and have your scientists watch the videos before class time to build background knowledge. Review nonfiction reading strategies with students before reading the transcripts. Have students investigate STEM careers by researching the jobs of the scientists interviewed in the videos.

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Charity Navigator - Charity Navigator

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1 to 12
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Discover a database of charities that include a rating system done by financial analysts to help you make an informed decision about which charities to support. Top ten lists select...more
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Discover a database of charities that include a rating system done by financial analysts to help you make an informed decision about which charities to support. Top ten lists select charities based on most followed, celebrity related, relying on public contributions, top notch, low rated, a charity worth watching, as well as many more categories. Learn about charities formed to help recent events such as Earthquake & Hurricane victims, California Wildfires, Support Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers, Immigration and Refugees, and many others. Learn tips for donating such as the Tax Benefits of Giving, a Guide to Volunteering, and the 5 Steps to Informed Giving includes giving in the workplace and questions to ask before donating.
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tag(s): communities (38), problem solving (287), service projects (27)

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Inspire your students to find worthy causes to give back and help other people in need. Give character education programs real purpose by discovering the many ways people need help. Challenge students to become an active part of your community and help others. Each class can choose a favorite charity to support through time or donations. Throughout the year, find ways to volunteer, collect money, or make a difference. Keep a class blog documenting progress, plans, ideas, and experiences. Have students create blogs sharing their experiences using Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here. New to blogging? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics. Challenge each class to highlight the journey of giving to your community through a video documentary using a tool like Wevideo, reviewed here. Share videos using a tool like Schooltube, reviewed here.

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This is a "gift" to those who are interested in having their students realize that where they donate can be researched. Furthermore it shows how many are working to improve the world across multiple categories. This helps foster critical analysis. My students will be selecting a charity and arguing for its support. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Q-Files The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia - Q-Files Ltd

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2 to 12
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Use Q-Files The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia to provide extra informational reading resources. Subject areas include prehistoric and ancient history, culture, geography, space, technology,...more
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Use Q-Files The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia to provide extra informational reading resources. Subject areas include prehistoric and ancient history, culture, geography, space, technology, science, life, and Earth. Each article includes pictures with accompanying text. This collection is continuing to grow. Q-Files is free, online, with no advertisements. Ebooks on nonfiction topics are available for purchase.

tag(s): aircraft (22), amphibians (20), animals (297), asia (71), aztecs (9), birds (52), china (63), cultures (108), dinosaurs (54), earth (230), earthquakes (47), ecosystems (84), electricity (89), energy (205), erosion (17), europe (73), forces (43), insects (72), literature (273), mammals (34), mayans (13), medicine (71), microscopes (13), moon (72), oceans (161), photography (159), planets (127), polar (19), population (63), religions (67), rocks (50), romans (35), scientists (70), solar system (119), space (221), sports (97), telescopes (8), vikings (10), weather (195)

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Use Q-Files as an informational reading source for a variety of subjects. In science and social studies use as a way to provide background information for inquiry-based projects. Have students use resources for multimedia projects such as Slidestory, reviewed here, Prezi reviewed here, or Flipboard, reviewed here, to share their findings. Pair these articles with literature to provide a better background information base, such as information on ancient China or Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Add as a bookmark to student computers and on your class website.

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OneGeology Kids - OneGeology

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1 to 5
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Explore different parts of geology through OneGeology's cartoon-like characters. Each character provides information about topics such as rocks and minerals, energy, and earthquakes....more
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Explore different parts of geology through OneGeology's cartoon-like characters. Each character provides information about topics such as rocks and minerals, energy, and earthquakes. Click on the character and go to their page. Pages include a short overview of information, links to more information, photos, and maps with additional detail.

tag(s): dinosaurs (54), earthquakes (47), energy (205), fossils (45), geology (77), maps (295), rocks (50), volcanoes (64), water (130)

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Share OneGeology on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce your geology unit to students. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to explain different geologic phenomenon.

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Science Trek - Idaho Public Television

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K to 6
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Science Trek is an integrated web and broadcast tv project introducing science topics to elementary students. In addition to the broadcasts, Science Trek provides accompanying material...more
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Science Trek is an integrated web and broadcast tv project introducing science topics to elementary students. In addition to the broadcasts, Science Trek provides accompanying material for teacher and parent use. Each month of the school year a new broadcast answers students' science questions and provides additional resources. Currently there are more than 90 topics available. Choose from any topic to view the web broadcast and explore resources such as games, facts, and glossaries.
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tag(s): animal homes (47), animals (297), archeology (32), body systems (58), brain (71), earthquakes (47), ecology (138), endangered species (40), food chains (23), forces (43), fossils (45), gravity (48), habitats (86), heart (43), human body (132), mass (24), moon (72), planets (127), plants (159), rocks (50), simple machines (35), soil (18), sound (103), STEM (167), volcanoes (64), water (130), weather (195)

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Take advantage of the free resources on the site to supplement your current teaching materials in many science topics. Create a link on classroom computers for students to view videos and share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Don't forget to find the standards link within each resource to align to Common Core Standards.
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ABC Splash - ABC TV and Radio Australia

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K to 10
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ABC Splash is a large educational website from Australia containing videos, games, and audio clips. Special sections for parents include informational articles, teaching resources,...more
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ABC Splash is a large educational website from Australia containing videos, games, and audio clips. Special sections for parents include informational articles, teaching resources, and education news. Choose from primary or secondary level to view offerings sorted into categories or go to games and sort by topic or grade level to find resources. Register on the site to store and save favorite activities for later use. The site was created in the Australia, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): addition (223), animals (297), antarctica (30), atmosphere (31), australia (35), cells (103), climate change (68), continents (49), counting (109), decimals (124), division (159), earth (230), earthquakes (47), ecosystems (84), egypt (70), energy (205), environment (323), food chains (23), forces (43), forensics (27), fossil fuels (18), game based learning (126), gold rush (19), human body (132), immigration (59), insects (72), light (48), maps (295), molecules (45), money (180), multiplication (210), nuclear energy (25), nutrition (154), oceans (161), parts of speech (66), percent (81), perimeter (31), place value (52), plants (159), probability (137), rhymes (32), rocks (50), songs (53), sound (103), subtraction (184), time (139), vietnam (36), volcanoes (64), weather (195), whole numbers (16), world war 1 (56), world war 2 (142)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Share this link on your class web page and/or in a parent newsletter for help with homework and school projects. These high-quality media resources will engage your students and enhance their learning.
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Your Life on Earth - BBC

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6 to 12
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. ...more
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. Simply enter your date of birth (using the day/month/year format) and some other information (you can choose either metric or Imperial/US measurement), and a wonderful series of charts appears! How many times has your heart beat? How old would you be on Venus? How has the Earth changed since you were born? How has humankind changed the Earth since you were born? How many volcanoes have erupted? What's happened to the sea levels? How many endangered species have become extinct? This site is created by the BBC (United Kingdom). American English speakers may notice some slights spelling differences. It is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above.
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tag(s): climate change (68), earth (230), earth day (110), earthquakes (47), planets (127), writing prompts (93)

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Look at the various metrics based on your age to gain perspective on many science and history topics. Look at the impact of human behavior on the environment or at the "big picture" of what one human can do in a lifetime. Consider comparing the changes on Earth based on a student's age versus a teacher's age (if you're brave enough to tell!). You can also dial back the clock 100 years, but choose times in modern history for the comparison. Don't forget to use the dropdown menus on each chart for more information. For example, pick any planet to see how old you'd be there. Small groups of students could discuss and analyze different components of the site and present their findings to the larger class. Include this in math class as a way to apply multiplication formulas or conversions. Use observations on this site to spark blog posts of evidence-based writing. Have students make visual representations of their life on Earth as an infographic. To learn more about infographics in the classroom, see TeachersFirst's Now I See!.
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Smithsonian: Energy Innovation - Smithsonian

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6 to 12
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Explore the leading U.S. states in the production of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." There are three parts to this interactive map. Major Shale Plays shows where...more
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Explore the leading U.S. states in the production of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." There are three parts to this interactive map. Major Shale Plays shows where extraction is considered both technically possible and profitable. In State by State Comparison, simply click on each state to show a chart of production rates and reserves. Where is Fracking Happening? provides a legend displaying Shale gas wells and Plays and Basins. Click on the map to zoom in. The accompanying article provides information about technology, earthquakes, and the liquids used in fracking.
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tag(s): energy (205), environment (323), geology (77), natural resources (59), oil (41), resources (109)

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Introduce this site with an interactive whiteboard or projector and big screen. View together as a class to show students how the interactive map works. Have pairs of students go through the interactive maps and write down key phrases for information they learn. Then have the pairs create a word cloud of the important terms learned from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here. This site could be used in a unit on contemporary environmental issues or energy. Use it for background research for a class debate on fracking. It would also provide evidence for a Common Core-style writing piece developing an argument and supporting evidence. In a government or civics class, this information could be part of a class discussion on how government policies can affect the environment.

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Drop! Cover! Hold On! - Southern California Earthquake Center at USC

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K to 6
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Learn how to protect yourself in an earthquake at Drop! Cover! Hold On! Click on each of the three boxes to view important information about staying safe in an earthquake. ...more
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Learn how to protect yourself in an earthquake at Drop! Cover! Hold On! Click on each of the three boxes to view important information about staying safe in an earthquake. Play Beat the Quake to test your earthquake knowledge and answer questions about securing your home during an earthquake. Watch out, an earthquake could hit at any time!

tag(s): earthquakes (47), natural disasters (20)

In the Classroom

View this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during emergency preparedness lessons or when studying natural disasters. Have students explore your classroom and make lists of how it can be prepared for an earthquake. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard reviewed here or PicLits reviewed here.
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Cosmeo - Virtual Volcano - Discovery Channel

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4 to 12
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Take an in-depth look at volcanoes. Begin with a global perspective to find plate boundaries and active volcanoes around the globe. Explore the three common types of volcanoes to learn...more
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Take an in-depth look at volcanoes. Begin with a global perspective to find plate boundaries and active volcanoes around the globe. Explore the three common types of volcanoes to learn how they form and their impact on the earth around them. Go inside a volcano and take a 3D look at a cross section of a typical volcano. When finished, build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

tag(s): plate tectonics (20), volcanoes (64)

In the Classroom

Virtual Volcano is perfect for viewing on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students may also enjoy exploring this site on their own. Be sure to include this site on your class website for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage, reviewed here. Use an online poster creator, such as PicLits, reviewed here, to demonstrate student-created volcanoes. Be sure to label with the different viscosity and gas conditions used to create the volcano.
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TackTile - Doug Keith

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This one-stop source is a curation of images and videos to engage students in science. Registration is required to access the collection. Created by a teacher, TackTile is an easy,...more
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This one-stop source is a curation of images and videos to engage students in science. Registration is required to access the collection. Created by a teacher, TackTile is an easy, efficient way of finding great science starters from around the Internet. Choose from science subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy, Engineering, and Physics. Choose a topic within the subject area (such as Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks in Geology). Each topic is divided into subtopics. View the tiles in each subtopic. Tiles are captioned with information that relates to the subtopic. Below the tiles are Activity and Demonstration Ideas to use with each subtopic. Click on any tile to view in a pop-up window. View the images directly or download easily from TackTile. Copyright information is included with the images. Videos can be played directly within the pop-up window or click to view on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (297), atoms (55), biodiversity (35), biomes (105), cells (103), chemicals (42), earth (230), earthquakes (47), electricity (89), energy (205), engineering (129), forces (43), life cycles (24), magnetism (38), matter (59), moon (72), motion (62), natural disasters (20), natural resources (59), plants (159), rock cycle (9), rocks (50), solar system (119), sun (70), volcanoes (64)

In the Classroom

This tool has great ideas and ready to use images and videos from around the Internet. Use as a starter activity to engage students and "hook" them into the lesson. Use the images or videos to discover misconceptions, find prior knowledge before beginning the lesson, or just to interest students in the topic. Show the image or video on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to share this site (with a log in) on your class website for students to use when preparing individual or group presentations. Use resources in these tiles to engage students in creative writing about science or to explain the concepts learned at the end of the unit.
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Earthquakes - Curriculumbits

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4 to 10
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This simple, but very informative site shows how earthquakes form. Although each screen contains only one sentence, which is both text and oral, the correct scientific vocabulary used...more
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This simple, but very informative site shows how earthquakes form. Although each screen contains only one sentence, which is both text and oral, the correct scientific vocabulary used makes it a valuable site for geography buffs.

tag(s): earthquakes (47), geology (77), weather (195)

In the Classroom

Use this site in an introductory lesson on weather disasters or geographic oddities. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create simple Infographic comparing different famous earthquakes using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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