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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. View all of our resources tagged 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 (116), earthquakes (51), floods (12), hurricanes (40), logic (247), problem solving (293)

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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 (51), floods (12), geology (77), rocks (51), volcanoes (67)

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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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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 (51), electricity (93), energy (210), fitness (49), flight (31), habitats (108), oceans (165), planets (131), plants (176), soil (21), sound (106), space (226), water cycle (32), weather (205)

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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, 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 GoSoapBox, 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 (85), civil war (141), climate change (70), cold war (30), demographics (19), earthquakes (51), landforms (49), maps (295), minerals (17), oceans (165), population (63), rocks (51), volcanoes (67), weather (205), world war 1 (57)

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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 (51), floods (12), hurricanes (40), natural disasters (21), scientists (69), tornadoes (17), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (67), weather (205)

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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. Challenge them to use TurboNote, reviewed here, which is a Chrome extension for taking notes online on the video while watching it. 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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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 (25), amphibians (21), animals (320), asia (73), aztecs (9), birds (52), china (65), cultures (111), dinosaurs (54), earth (224), earthquakes (51), ecosystems (91), electricity (93), energy (210), erosion (19), europe (72), forces (47), insects (71), literature (264), mammals (35), mayans (14), medicine (67), microscopes (13), moon (75), oceans (165), photography (156), planets (131), polar (18), population (63), religions (69), rocks (51), romans (35), scientists (69), solar system (121), space (226), sports (98), telescopes (10), vikings (10), weather (205)

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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 (51), energy (210), fossils (45), geology (77), maps (295), rocks (51), volcanoes (67), water (132)

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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 (62), animals (320), archeology (31), body systems (58), brain (66), earthquakes (51), ecology (133), endangered species (41), food chains (26), forces (47), fossils (45), gravity (50), habitats (108), heart (40), human body (133), mass (25), moon (75), planets (131), plants (176), rocks (51), simple machines (35), soil (21), sound (106), STEM (197), volcanoes (67), water (132), weather (205)

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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 (224), animals (320), antarctica (29), atmosphere (29), australia (37), cells (99), climate change (70), continents (50), counting (110), decimals (125), division (158), earth (224), earthquakes (51), ecosystems (91), egypt (64), energy (210), environment (323), food chains (26), forces (47), forensics (26), fossil fuels (18), game based learning (138), gold rush (19), human body (133), immigration (62), insects (71), light (54), maps (295), molecules (45), money (184), multiplication (210), nuclear energy (25), nutrition (159), oceans (165), parts of speech (67), percent (80), perimeter (29), place value (55), plants (176), probability (136), rhymes (30), rocks (51), songs (53), sound (106), subtraction (186), time (138), vietnam (34), volcanoes (67), weather (205), whole numbers (16), world war 1 (57), world war 2 (140)

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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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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 (210), environment (323), geology (77), natural resources (58), oil (40), resources (105)

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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 (51), natural disasters (21)

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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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TackTile - Doug Keith

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5 to 12
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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 Tube Offline, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (320), atoms (54), biodiversity (35), biomes (139), cells (99), chemicals (45), earth (224), earthquakes (51), electricity (93), energy (210), engineering (132), forces (47), life cycles (25), magnetism (39), matter (61), moon (75), motion (70), natural disasters (21), natural resources (58), plants (176), rock cycle (12), rocks (51), solar system (121), sun (69), volcanoes (67)

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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 (51), geology (77), weather (205)

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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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wickED - Science Interactives - Ministry of Education, Wellington, New Zealand

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4 to 8
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Enjoy learning about the earth's geography with these engaging interactives. This site includes six different interactives that show the earth's make-up and more about plate tectonics...more
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Enjoy learning about the earth's geography with these engaging interactives. This site includes six different interactives that show the earth's make-up and more about plate tectonics and rock formation. Explore about the rock cycle or a lab to find out what the earth is made of. Each activity gives just enough information to pique interest and allow for further exploration. If you are using a Mac, you will need to download the free Shockwave plugins to make the interactives work on your Mac. Download the Shockwave plugin here.

tag(s): plate tectonics (22), rock cycle (12), rocks (51), volcanoes (67)

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This site would be perfect to use when introducing a unit on rocks and the rock cycle, plate tectonics, or heat and pressure within the earth. Allow students to explore the interactives and compose questions that they would like to have answered. Ask students to keep track of their questions using Webnote, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a word cloud of terms from one of the interactives using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here. Continue to add to the Wordle throughout your unit.
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Bricks Activity - Math Forum

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6 to 8
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Use the Brick Activity to challenge students to build the strongest wall they can using as few fault lines as possible. The student page identifies the problem, displays some images...more
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Use the Brick Activity to challenge students to build the strongest wall they can using as few fault lines as possible. The student page identifies the problem, displays some images to help explain the construction activity, and offers a hint as needed. Check out the Teacher's link which includes links to standards, the manipulatives needed, and links to possible solutions.

tag(s): careers (145), critical thinking (116), earth (224), earthquakes (51), problem solving (293), puzzles (204)

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Introduce the activity on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) then allow students to work with partners to solve the brick problem. This activity would work well when studying earthquakes, careers (architects, civil engineers), as well as problem-solving.

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Earth Science Teaching Lessons - Compiled by Christy Pratt

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4 to 12
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This site contains links to many lesson plans and resources for teaching Earth Science. The top of the page links to different topics of Earth Science such as Astronomy, Earthquakes,...more
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This site contains links to many lesson plans and resources for teaching Earth Science. The top of the page links to different topics of Earth Science such as Astronomy, Earthquakes, Rocks and Minerals, and others. Within each category are links to information, webquests, and videos, as well as lesson plans. One excellent portion of the site may be easy to overlook so be sure to look on the left side of the page for Categories. Here you will find a wealth of information on diverse topics such as historical geography, tsunamis, world records, careers, and more. Within these links are news, videos, and popular items. Note: many of the links will take you to different websites so you will want to review before using with students.
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tag(s): earthquakes (51), erosion (19), fossils (45), hurricanes (40), maps (295), rocks (51), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (67), water (132), weather (205)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to view videos and images from the site with your class. Use lesson plans provided as additional resources within Earth Science units. Assign students different portions of the site to review and prepare multimedia projects to share with the class. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Or challenge students to narrate an image using a site such as Thinklink, reviewed here.
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Physics To Go - APS, AAPT, and NSF-NSDL

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7 to 12
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Physics To Go is an online, biweekly magazine with great ideas for physics related teaching, experiments, and pictures. The site is easy to navigate and is formatted much like a ...more
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Physics To Go is an online, biweekly magazine with great ideas for physics related teaching, experiments, and pictures. The site is easy to navigate and is formatted much like a page out of a newspaper. Archives are accessible through issue and topic organization, subjects under browse, and are fully searchable within the site. Many additional links for more research are available. This could prove to be indispensable for the high school physical science and physics teachers.

tag(s): experiments (68), motion (70), photography (156)

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Use this site to encourage your students to read about science outside of the classroom. Share the link on your website or class wiki. Start by assigning an article to students and have them highlight and annotate important information and questions they have and discuss it in class or on a blog. Have students use a digital tool like Hypothesis, reviewed here, for highlighting and annotating. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. Or, if you are teaching a unit on something specific, such as Earthquakes, once students have learned essential vocabulary, have them read the issue and follow the links on the page. Have students discuss in class what they have learned. Then, have small groups create "Top Five Facts" to summarize what they have learned. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the "Top Five Facts" the group wishes to share with the class. Use a site such as Speechable, reviewed here. Reading teachers can also use the articles on this site for reading comprehension practice with nonfiction selections.
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Shake, Rattle, and Slide - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 9
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This interactive site focuses on showing and telling students about volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. The text information is also available as audio; many fun activities reinforce...more
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This interactive site focuses on showing and telling students about volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. The text information is also available as audio; many fun activities reinforce the information given on the introductory sites. Because of the dual presentation (oral and written), the site is easy for ESL/ELL students to use as well. One especially interesting activity involves showing students the history of the geologic earth and asks them to imagine squeezing all the earth's history into one day.

tag(s): earth (224), earthquakes (51), glaciers (17), plate tectonics (22), volcanoes (67), weather (205)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geology and/or natural disasters on a projector or interactive whiteboard. When a disaster is in the news, use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects in response to their curiosity about the news event. Have ESL/ELL students use this to introduce other students to some possible disasters that occur in their parts of the world. Another option would be to divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them create presentations on different parts of the information found in the site and its activities. Use the information they find as a jumping off place for doing further research on areas that interest them.To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Visme, reviewed here.
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Forces of Nature - National Geographic

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4 to 12
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Learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes with this comprehensive site. View images, articles, and videos to learn more about how they form, the power they have,...more
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Learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes with this comprehensive site. View images, articles, and videos to learn more about how they form, the power they have, and the destruction they cause. View safety tips and helpful information. There are also links to interactive activities (such as "Spin Off your Own Hurricane").

tag(s): earth (224), earthquakes (51), hurricanes (40), tornadoes (17), volcanoes (67)

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Use this site for students to create awareness sheets that may help the public in the event of a natural disaster. Students can also create public service announcements to help the public. Evaluate the school and community emergency preparedness plan using the information about these forces of nature. Use the information to create a sample emergency kit that all households should have in case of emergency. Make it a multimedia project by having students create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here, to create an informative book about the weather phenomenon that they studied.
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