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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)

In this worksheet students identify and label the characteristic features of shield, cinder cone and composite volcanoes. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA Why Files: The Case of the Mysterious Red Light.... (View More)

Keywords: Magma; Lava; Tephra
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

In this mathematical activity, students learn why a tectonically-active area of the globe is called "The Ring of Fire" by examining a data map differentiating shield volcanoes, cinder cones, and stratovolcanoes and calculating the percentage of... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students

In this activity, students use the P and S wave data to locate speed of wave travel and derive the epicenter of an Earthquake. The resource includes a U.S. map, a graph, and seismic data. A drawing compass is required to complete the activity. The... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

This resource contains instructions for building a seismometer to record movements of the Earth's crust using a cereal box, string, a paper cup, strips of paper, and weights, such as marbles or washers. The resource is part of the teacher's guide... (View More)

Students become familiar with strike-slip faults, normal faults, reverse faults and visualize these geological structures using cardboard or a plank of wood, a stack of books, protractor, and a spring scale. The resource is part of the teacher's... (View More)