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In this activity, students learn about the aviation hazard associated with volcanic eruptions as they take the role of an air traffic controller and calculate the amount of time it will take for an ash plume to travel to the control tower. A map of... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

In this demonstration, sheet cakes are used to show how tectonic forces create convergent, divergent and transform plate boundaries. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Shaky Quake.... (View More)

Wave movement is explored using a metal tray of prepared gelatin, dominoes, sugar cubes, plastic wrap and a rubber mallet, in a demonstration of physical principles supporting the study of earthquakes. The resource is part of the teacher's guide... (View More)

Students experiment with a model system made from a wooden block, sandpaper, a thumbtack, and a rubber band to understand earthquakes. In this system, the rubber band stores energy until it accumulates enough energy to overcome friction and move the... (View More)

This student worksheet provides a word find puzzle as a review of scientific terms associated with tectonic activity. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Shaky Quake. Lesson objectives... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This resource provides illustrations showing how the coastline of California will change in response to the movement of the Earth's plates. Students assemble the illustrations to create an animated flip book. The resource is part of the teacher's... (View More)

In this activity, students create a model of sea floor spreading using two sheets of white paper and a metric ruler. The paper strips are pulled through a slit representing a mid-ocean ridge and divergent plate boundary. The model mimics how molten... (View More)

In this demonstration, an egg is used as a model of the Earth. The egg is tapped gently, to create cracks in the shell. The pieces of shell are analogous to the Earth's plates, and the cracks are used to explain plate boundaries. Using the egg, the... (View More)

Slinky toys are used to demonstrate how primary (P) and secondary (S) waves travel in earthquakes. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Shaky Quake. Lesson objectives supported by the... (View More)

In this demonstration, students learn about the physical process of liquification and how it causes the ground to become unstable during an earthquake. Required materials include a plastic tub, sand, water, a brick and a rubber mallet. The resource... (View More)