Earthquake Lesson 2: Seismic Waves for Middle School

Mike in the Middle School
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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  2. Earthquakes are an exciting topic for middle school science students. This bundle will provide all the resources your need to teach face to face, online, or in a blended learning format. Included in this rich resource are lessons on:Lesson 1: Introducing Earthquakes and FaultsLesson 2: Seismic Waves
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Help your students understand the impact of waves on earthquakes with this flexible lesson resource for middle school. Begin by looking at a variety of different wave types, learn about wave parts and seismic waves. Using this background students will learn about P and S waves, along with earthquake focus and epicenters. When complete, there are a variety of printable practice activities or online interactive. If you prefer to use online resources, this lesson is also screen-cast so kids can watch as a flipped lesson or complete for makeup. The lesson presentation and student notes are completely editable, which allows you to adjust for your local curriculum. A complete teacher guide with Google Drive links is included. Quickly meet your IEP accommodations using this lesson supports (be sure to note this in your gradebook for your protection). Reinforcement activities from this lesson can also be found in Plate Tectonics Cut, Color and Organize

 NOTE: This lesson is designed and tested for a mainstreamed middle school science classroom of 24 students meeting daily for 40 minutes. The teacher will find lesson materials for direct instruction, reinforcement and homework.

Concepts covered in this lesson

  • Waves
  • Seismic Waves
  • P waves
  • S waves
  • Body Waves
  • Focus
  • Epicenter

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  • Editable Lesson Notes
  • Editable Lesson Presentation
  • Google Interactive
  • Lesson Plans
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  • Teacher Lesson Plan with Help Videos

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Total Pages
44 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. Emphasis is on how some natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions and severe weather, are preceded by phenomena that allow for reliable predictions, but others, such as earthquakes, occur suddenly and with no notice, and thus are not yet predictable. Examples of natural hazards can be taken from interior processes (such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions), surface processes (such as mass wasting and tsunamis), or severe weather events (such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods). Examples of data can include the locations, magnitudes, and frequencies of the natural hazards. Examples of technologies can be global (such as satellite systems to monitor hurricanes or forest fires) or local (such as building basements in tornado-prone regions or reservoirs to mitigate droughts).


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