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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

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)

In this demonstration, liquids of different density are mixed to demonstrate how the layers of the Earth were formed as the denser materials sank to the inner portion of the Earth with the less dense materials, such as our crust, remaining on top. A... (View More)

Students match fossils, landforms, rock types and interlocking shapes to assemble the ancient continent of Pangaea. The resource includes a student worksheet and continent pieces. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video,... (View More)

Students are introduced to three legends explaining earthquakes, and then conduct research using the Internet, books, or other resources to learn about other legends from around the world. Students are instructed to create a skit, poster, written or... (View More)

In this activity, students observe how elastic rebound creates waves, using an apparatus consisting of a plastic tub and paint stir stick. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SciFiles: The Case of the Shaky... (View More)