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1. Be a seismologist, at VIRTUAL EARTHQUAKE - this is quite a long activity, and will take about 45 minutes or so to work through and needs some reasonable numeracy skills. It is perhaps for top sets only (good with GCSE and AS groups too) - do a search as the URL changes around quite often.
2. Here's a VOLCANO DIAGRAM. Print it off, and try to add labels. I also use a POP UP volcano from the Geog Dot series Teacher guide. Students like to see it popping up when they open their book, assuming they have
3. Lesson here on the eruption of MOUNT SAINT HELENS. More on the eruption HERE too.
4. There is an excellent set of materials and resources at the JESEI site. This is the Joint Earth Science Education Initiative, launched at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Education. There are materials from a whole range of organisations. The details of various Earth Science areas are listed on the site. Recommended.
Some of the materials are listed below (check them out on the JESEI site...)
The Earth's Crust: thinner than you think
Earthquakes & Plate Tectonics
Formation of Sedimentary , Metamorphic and Igneous Rocks
Weathering of Gravestones: an Investigation (Excellent!)
and many more....
5. Prepare an (illustrated) list of the items that people who live in earthquake prone countries or areas should have in an easily accessible place in their home so that they can get to it quickly in case an emergency occurs. An EARTHQUAKE KIT: here are some suggestions for possible contents:
Torch and batteries
Battery operated radio (I have one of the wind-up radios with solar panels which are excellent - no need for any batteries)
First Aid kit and basic handbook
Wrenches for shutting off necessary utilities
Canned food and CAN OPENER
Sturdy shoes and gloves and spare clothes
Emergency phone numbers
6. An extension of the above.
Have each person come up with a product they think should be in an emergency kit in the case of an earthquake, or hand them an illustrated card with the item on it - obviously include some items which you would not normally expect to be there e.g. a Barbie video (or something...)
Each person has a few minutes to prepare a reason why their item should be part of the kit - a little like a 'balloon debate' - and the best ones are chosen to go into the kit.
For a comprehensive list of items which could be included in a SURVIVAL KIT FOR 4 PEOPLE, visit the HOFS HOME SAFETY site - see the SIDE BANNER for plenty more advice.
7. NOT ACTUALLY A LESSON PLAN BUT A SUGGESTION.
When you start the work on TECTONIC PLATES, it is often said that they move at the same rate as your fingernails grow, so in the first lesson make sure that they are nice and short and show them to the kids...
Then don't cut them for the duration of the series of lessons on plates: maybe 2 or 3 weeks. By the end of the first week or so you'll be able to show them that actually they are growing. You can't see them growing, but given enough time, there is some movement....
Of course I do this every time, and my nails are now 6 inches long....
8. TOKYO EARTHQUAKE PROTECTION ADVICE MANUAL
Download it HERE (88 pages) - bilingual - some useful advice and images. Students could add their own captions perhaps.
9. JUICY GEOGRAPHY SHAKER MAKER
Head over to JUICY GEOGRAPHY to see Noel Jenkins' guide to building a device to simulate earthquakes. One for DIY fans.
10. An e-mail I was sent recently. As Keith Barrett would say, it's "just a bit of fun"
Could you do a similar spoof account for your own town or village. With the aid of software, you could also create a spoof website...
11. THE STRUCTURE OF THE EARTH.
An updated version of a worksheet produced some time ago by former colleague Adrian Francis. Word document.
13. Mount PINATUBO, Philippines
15th June 1991 was 'Black Saturday' as the volcano erupted.
My Year 9 groups produced a collaged strato-volcano (composite cone) using sugar paper. They also suggested some of the weblinks below:
There is a useful set of notes by Emma Broadhurst from BROOKES University available.
MOUNT PINATUBO: The Sleeping Giant Awakens. A GREAT SITE here. All that you would need, including a chronology of the eruption.
An excellent (as always...) WIKIPEDIA entry
An excellent set of slides produced by NOAA which covers all aspects of the eruption and the aftermath - presumably this is one of several other slide sets judging by the address
A whole load of PDF documents relating to the eruption can be found by following variations of THIS ADDRESS.
14. VOLCANO COVER LESSON
This lesson was added in January 2007 as I was away for a lesson with 2 Year 9 groups and had a chance for a room change into an ICT lesson. It's not particularly inspired, but has potential...
15. CASE STUDY HAZARDS GRID
For organising your notes. Thanks to Mr. Bilbie for this. (Word Document) - more to come soon hopefully...
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