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  • A Comparison of Two Bay Area Earthquakes: 1989 v. 1906 — Investigate the shaking intensity and magnitude of these two earthquakes. (USGS)
  • Demonstrations of Geophysical Principles Applicable to the Properties and Processes of the Earth's Interior — demonstrations with photos and graphics (SUNY Binghamton)
  • Digital Library for Earth Science Education — Searchable database of educational earth science resources for all grade levels. (DLESE)
  • Discover Our Earth — Portal for teachers and students for learn the basics about earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, topography, and sea level changes. (USGS & DLESE)
  • Earth Science Education Activities — a wealth of excellent hands-on activities for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes, seismic waves, plate tectonics, earth structure, seismic waves, convection, seismometers and more! (Purdue Univ.)
  • Earthquake Education Services — lesson plans, information on Wasatch Front (Univ. of Utah)
  • Earthquake Practice Quiz — online quiz (Florida Intl. Univ.)
  • Earthquake Visualizations — Visualizations and supporting material that can be used effectively to teach students about various geophysics topics. Visualizations include simple animations, GIS-based animated maps, paleogeographic maps and globes, as well as numerous illustrations and photos. (Carleton College/NAGT materials)
  • EarthScope Resources for Students & Teachers — Animations, online lectures, visualizations and more, mostly from IRIS. (EarthScope)
  • Educational Activities — Origami, building models, historical seismologists (New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Resources)
  • EQs on the Surface (PDF) — use topo maps, seismicity maps, and fault maps to understand the connection between the surface features, locations of EQs and mapped faults (USGS)
  • Evidence for Plate Tectonics-Teaching Box — Collection of interrelated learn concepts that focuses on finding the evidence for plate tectonics using digital resources, education standards, and comprehensive lesson plans. (DLESE)
  • GSA Free Teacher Resources — A good resource for educators that includes lesson plans, info on state standards, awards, and reading suggestions (Geological Society of America)
  • Human Wave (PDF) — learn about the motions of P & S waves with a fun participating exercise (USGS)
  • Ideas for Activities Using Live Seismograms — Ideas for how to use real-time earthquake information in the classroom (USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory)
  • IRIS Education Resources — A multitude of educational resources for earthquake science, from visualizations and animations, to lessons and educational software. Awesome! (IRIS - Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology)
  • Large Plate Puzzle (PDF) — cut a large world map into puzzle pieces along plate boundaries, students discuss individually land then for the whole map after the class puts pieces together; simple but powerful, discussion Q/A included (USGS)
  • Living in Earthquake Country: A Teaching Box — 7 lessons with the goal of teaching students about how and why earthquakes cause damage. Explores seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and intensity, the occurrence of earthquakes along patches of planar faults, and the potential damage caused by earthquakes such as landslides, liquefaction, or structural failure. (DLESE)
  • Magnitude versus Intensity Lesson (PDF) — classroom lesson to teach the difference between earthquake magnitude and earthquake intensities (USGS)
  • MARGINS Mini-Lesson Collection — Mini-lessons, powerpoint presentations, research nuggets and more, focussed on continental margins and plate tectonics. (MARGINS - Lamont-Doherty)
  • Musical Plates — use realtime data to plot earthquakes and solve problems (New Jersey Networking Infrastructure in Education)
  • PBJ Fault (PDF) — demonstrate the different types of faults with a PBJ sandwich, and then eat it double-decker (USGS)
  • Remote-Sensing Seismic Activities — you are the planner, and you have to consider the earthquake hazards and risks (Montgomery Cty Public Schools)
  • SCEC Communication, Education and Outreach — Many excellent resources for Public Education and Preparedness, K-14 Earthquake Education, and Experiential Learning and Career Advancement. Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country downloadable booklets for learning about earthquake hazards and safety recommendations in many different languages and for many different areas of the United States. (Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC))
  • Science Education Resource Center (SERC) — Whether you're an undergraduate faculty member or a K-12 science teacher our suite of partner projects have materials you can use today. Connect with a community of peers as they share what really works in their classrooms. (Carleton College)
  • Shake, Rattle, and Slide — Lessons, activities, and slide shows about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers. (University of Illinois Extension)
  • Shakes & Quakes — Legos and earthquakes (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI))
  • The Wave that Shook the World — Online companion to the NOVA broadcast with excellent animations, Q&anmp;A, images, and lesson plans for teachers. (PBS-NOVA)
  • Understanding Tsunamis — learn about tsunamis with a model (DiscoverySchool.com)
  • Volcano World's Earth Science Lessons — Lots of great earth science lessons good for all ages, slide-style with color diagrams and photographs (Oregon State University)
  • Who Dunit? and the Law of Superposition (PDF) — solve a crime, and then use those same skills to understand the Law of Superposition (older layers of the earth on bottom) with a fun WhoDunit? investigation and then use your skills to solve a geological mystery (USGS)

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