How does the Richter scale measure the strength of an earthquake? This Question Exploration asks the Essential Question: How are Earthquakes Measured?
This Question Exploration and Concept Comparison Framing Routines are classroom tested to help students compare the concepts of two types of earthquake magnitude scales: the Modified Mercalli Scale (measuring the amount of damage or shaking felt), and the Modified Richter Scale (measuring the total energy released as measured on a seismograph)
Question Exploration Routines are instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the Content Enhancement routines earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.
Personally, I use the Routines to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion). This product includes both completed question exploration guide and the student guides blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in.
These Concept Enhancement Routines are classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science:
SC.7.E.6.4 Explain and give examples of how physical evidence supports scientific theories that Earth has evolved over geologic time due to natural processes.
SC.7.E.6.5 Explore the scientific theory of plate tectonics by describing how the movement of Earth's crustal plates causes both slow and rapid changes
SC.912.E.6.2 Connect surface features to surface processes that are responsible for their formation