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FEMA, American Red Cross, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity lists materials needed (for home and school use) in case of emergency or natural disaster. Following a natural hazard, basic services – electricity, water, gas, telephones – may be cut off for days. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You probably won’t have time to...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this investigation, participants will understand that S and P waves are used to find the epicenter of an earthquake by using seismograph data to triangulate an epicenter. Earthquakes occur every day all over the United States and all over the world. Most of these earthquakes are small tremors...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This site lists Science Fair projects relating to the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program. Projects include: earthquake prediction, seismic waves, making a seismograph, earthquake risks, San Andreas Fault model, plate tectonics, Tsunamis, stress and strains, monitoring earthquakes, and earthquake-...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report illustrates, by means of a computer animation, how an earthquake occurs and what types of damage may result. The report is intended to help students and others visualize what causes earthquake shaking and some of the possible results of the shaking. By studying the animation and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a 4-5 day unit on the physics of waves and encounters in the marine environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with actual data, learn about different types of waves, and understand how waves are used in the ocean to learn about the environment. The unit consists of three...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The website is based on a four-part television series that tells the stories of natural disasters, the scientists who struggle to understand and predict them, and the people whose lives are forever changed by them. The site contains original articles that explain the science behind volcanoes,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Only recently have scientists come to recognize that Bangladesh is positioned at the juncture of several active tectonic plate boundaries. Moreover, it sits atop the world's largest river delta at close to sea level, facing both the risk posed by a quake and secondary risks of tsunamis and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2009, TeachEngineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students in grades 3 to 8 use a tabletop tsunami generator to observe the devastation of these massive waves. They see how a tsunami moves across the ocean and what happens when it reaches the continental shelf. Students make villages of model houses and buildings to test how different material...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a variety of natural hazards and explore how understanding these threats makes us better able to avoid or reduce their potential harmful impact.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Alaska Tsunami Education program blends Alaska Native knowledge and science instruction. Hands-on, standards-aligned classroom lessons, interactive multimedia, and mapping projects for grades K through 12 give students an opportunity to learn the science of tsunamis in a culturally relevant...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Bridge
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Using tsunami time travel maps, predict how long it will take a tsunami to reach the shore.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This page explains what actions to take when you receive a tsunami (pronounced soo-ná-mee) alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a tsunami. Tsunamis can strike any U.S. Coast, but risk is greatest for states and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This site gives learners all the information they would need to know about tsunamis: terminology, FAQs, news articles and descriptions of famous events, and information curated from other non-NOAA sites.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This infographic explains the science behind tsunamis, from how they're created to how the affect the public.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Safety Guidelines

TsunamiReady is a voluntary community recognition program that promotes tsunami hazard preparedness as an active collaboration among federal, state/territorial and local emergency management agencies, community leaders and the public. The main goal of the program is to improve public safety...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
Classroom Activities
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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