Earthquakes: The Richter Scale

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A visual assignment to offer when teaching about earthquakes and the Richter scale. Lesson plans for a dynamic teaching presentation are described and include content notes to display in a graphic format. Quality document camera-ready images and graphic notes will enable you to present a professional, targeted 15-20 minute teaching presentation on earthquakes and their magnitudes. This resource also includes links to both full length earthquake documentaries as well as short instructional videos on this topic.

The Richter scale diagram is not that hard to create even for artistically-challenged students and gives a visual representation of increasing intensity as the Richter scale value increases.
A grading rubric is included to assess the Richter scale diagram and a quick charades review activity is described that your students will enjoy seeing you act out!

Afterwards, your students can practice their reading comprehension skills by reading the ready-to-go and engaging article about the 9.0 earthquake in 2011 that caused the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. Open-ended and multiple choice questions are provided in assessments that follow the article.

Finally, the student sheet is provided for a bar graph that plots the number of earthquakes in the top ten states in the U.S. Graph paper is provided and a mapping activity also accompanies the bar graph.

Other Science Resources for Earthquakes
1. Layers of the Earth Layers of the Earth
2. Density of Core and Crust Measure the Density of the Core and Crust
3. Tectonic Plates Tectonic Plates
5. Earthquakes and the Richter Scale
6. Seismic Waves Seismic Waves
7. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
8. The Jello Earthquake The Great Jello Earthquake
9. P and S waves The Speed of P and S waves
10. Finding the Epicenter Finding the Epicenter
11. The Metallic Core of the Earth The Metallic Core of the Earth
12. Tsunamis Tsunamis

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And then there is all of the above in one fabulous Earthquake BUNDLE! Take advantage of this Bundle purchase and you will automatically save 20% on this product and each of the other individual earthquake topic products.

BUNDLE of Lesson Plans for Earthquakes
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