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This lesson plan has a classroom activity that involves creating a map project to find the location of different earthquakes and relating this to plate tectonics. This lesson plan can be used for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.
dynamic planet map This Dynamic Planet
The Smithsonian Institute, The United States Geological Survey, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have produced one of the best resources for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics. It is a map titled "This Dynamic Planet" - available in pdf format or as a large-format wall map. It can be used for a wide variety of teaching activities with elementary, secondary, and university students. A teaching companion booklet is also available.

plate tectonics Teaching Plate Tectonics
A good lesson plan that demonstrates plate tectonics through easy-to-draw illustrations. This plate tectonics lesson plan can easily be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.
San Andreas Fault What is the San Andreas Fault?
The San Andreas Fault is the sliding boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. It slices California in two from Cape Mendocino to the Mexican border. San Diego, Los Angeles and Big Sur are on the Pacific Plate. San Francisco, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada are on the North American Plate.


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Here is a lesson plan that gives a good demonstration about earthquakes. This classroom activity deals with different aspects about faults. This project is appropriate for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students with minor modifications.
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This earthquake lesson plan involves classroom activities that help students identify epicenters and magnitude readings. This lesson plan is useful for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.
pbs You Don't Need a Seismograph to Study Earthquakes
This Lesson plan allows students to simulate S & P waves through classroom activities. This demonstration is a helpful strategy to educate elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.


earth science Earthquake Slip Classroom Exercise
This lesson plan demonstrates stick-slip or elastic rebound theory through a classroom project. This classroom activity would be useful for helping elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students understand this concept.
nasa Inquiry Lesson for Earth Science
This lesson plan gives students the ability to investigate a certain topic, create a project and demonstrate their findings. This classroom activity will take a bit of time and can be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.


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