is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning,
standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the
relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know
more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages,
and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about
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Earthquake! is an Event-Based Science module about the
dynamic forces that help to shape the surface of Earth. It uses the
1989 World Series earthquake to establish the context for learning
about earthquakes and their effects on people and buildings. The task
in Earthquake! places students in five different roles on a
team responsible for designing a new city for a region of the world
where earthquakes are common. As Geologist, Transportation Chief,
Utilities Director, City Planner, Architect, and Civil Engineer each
team of students will choose a location and designing an
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with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information you need
is provided in Earthquake!. Up-to-the-minute information about current
earthquakes along with seismologic data will add to the authenticity of
your study. In addition you can learn about past earthquakes and the
damage they caused. You can also find world maps of earthquake zones to
help you choose a location for your city, then actually draw a map
using www resources.
The section below
contains a list of World-Wide Web sites where information is available
about earthquakes around the world. Point to and click on the
highlighted words to be linked with general earthquake information as
well as events happening right now!
A "pdf" file
containing web sites, books, material lists, and correlations with
National Science Education Standards.
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One way to engage
your students in the topic of earthquakes is to have them support
families who were directly affected by a recent earthquake. Begin your
search for ways to help with these two organizations:
Links To Earthquake!
Related Web Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the date of the last
Earthquake is an interactive computer program
designed to introduce you to the concepts of how an earthquake
EPICENTER is located and how the RICHTER MAGNITUDE of an earthquake is
determined. The Virtual Earthquake computer program is running on a Web
Server at California State University at Los Angeles.
ABAG is a wonderful earthquake site to explore. It is
maintained by the Association of Bay Area Governments, so its
information deals with the San Francisco Bay area of California, but it
is a great resource.
A New Map of Global Tectonic Activity Using a number of global databases, hundreds of
research reports, satellite photos and modeling technology, a group of
NASA researchers has constructed a complete tectonic map of the globe
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Musical Plates is an
Internet-based multidisciplinary project which will enrich a student's
learning experience through "unique and compelling" applications of
instructional technology. In particular, this project taps into some of
the exciting new applications of the Internet in education by having
students access real time earthquake data, interact with experts
online, and publish their own work to the project web site. (This
project is developed and managed by the Center for Improved Engineering
and Science Education (CIESE) which is located at Stevens Institute of
Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.)
The Triangle of Life
is a controversial theory about how to survive a major earthquake,
typically promoted through viral emails. The theory advocates methods
of protection very different from the mainstream advice of "drop,
cover, and hold on" method widely supported by reputable agencies.
Provide your students with both sides and have them debate both the