4-ESS3-2 Earthquakes Lab Stations Activity

4-ESS3-2 Earthquakes Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 4-ESS3-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Earthquakes Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Describe important features of an earthquake.
2. Describe the relationship between magnitude and energy released by an earthquake.
3. Discuss the negative effects associated with an earthquake.
4. Design, build and test a structure that resists destruction caused by an earthquake.

Science Skills Station
Students will manipulate a three-dimensional model to learn about the important features of an earthquake, such as fault, epicenter and focus. Students will also interpret and analyze a graph so to understand the relationship between the strength of an earthquake (according to the Richter scale) and the amount of energy released.

Narrative Station
Students will read about earthquakes and important features used to describe where earthquakes occur and their strength. Students will also watch a video about earthquakes, where they come from and the destruction they can cause.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to earthquakes. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will design a three-story building that is resistant to the destruction of an earthquake. Students will consider design features exploited by engineers that design building in earthquake-prone regions.

Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to best align with NGSS 4-ESS3-2. In the directed synthesis project, students will build and test the earthquake-resistant building designed at the problem-solving station. Students will have one class period to build the structure. Students will test the ability of the structure to withstand the “shaking force” of an earthquake in a second class period. They will compare their design to the designs of their classmates.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
3 Computers or tablets
2 Peices of white cardstock
Square aluminum tin (1 per group)
1 box of Jello (per group)
Straws
Toothpicks
Popsicle sticks
Rubber bands
Glue
Tape
Marshmallows
Playdoh
Cardboard
Cardstock

Important Notes
- You can alter the materials for the directed synthesis project based on resource availability and/or your preference
- Allow two additional periods (approximately 2 hours) to complete the directed synthesis in class.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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