is all the Shaking?
Beard, Bruce Moon, and Bruce Ostertag
Subjects: Science, Technology
Topic or Unit
of Study: Earth Sciences
Students will be able to plot major earthquakes of the United States according
to their locations and identify patterns in the locations of these earthquakes
in regards to plate tectonics.
Summary: This lesson will give the students an opportunity to use
technology and learn about the seismic activity in this area. They will
also use skills in mapping locations based on their latitude and longitude.
Learning Context: This activity will be a pre-teaching activity for a
webquest and larger unit on plate tectonics.
will take a vote to name the state that has had largest measured earthquake,
record their guesses.
will then be given outline maps of the United States.
will then be given the address for a web site that will help them determine
which state has had the largest earthquake.
4. On a separate
piece of paper students will need to write down the locations of the earthquakes.
will then need to input these locations at the latitude and longitude
site to find the exact location of these cities.
6. They will
denote the earthquakes on their maps with the letter "E".
Students will work individually.
1 class period. 55 Min. per class.
This activity needs to be implemented as part of an larger unit on plate
tectonics. This is a great activity to reintroduce the plotting of latitude
and longitude locations, as well as familiarizing students with the seismic
activity in their own state.
web site --Maps of the world and U.S.
2. FEMA web site
- Gives locations of the largest earthquakes in the United States.
Locations-This site will assist students in locating the exact longitude
and latitude of United States cities.
The number of computers required is 1 per student.
Students Familiarity with Software Tool:
Students need the ability to navigate the internet.
CA- California K-12 Academic Content Standards
Subject : Science
Grade : Grade 6 and grades 9-12
Area : Focus on Earth Science
Standard : Plate Tectonics and Earths Structure (introductory
for high school students)
Concept 1: Plate tectonics accounts for important features of Earths
surface and major geologic events. As a basis for understanding this concept:
Benchmark or Example a: Students know evidence of plate tectonics
is derived from the fit of the continents; the location of earthquakes,
volcanoes, and midocean ridges; and the distribution of fossils, rock
types, and ancient climatic zones.
Assessment Plan: Students will be assessed on their ability to
correctly plot the locations of the earthquakes on their maps.