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Surfing for Earthquakes and Volcanoes

by Patty Coe and Michael Merrick


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Lesson Plan Purpose

The purpose of this lesson plan is to expose students to the breadth and depth of the Internet while they search for data pertaining to the world's volcanic and seismic activity. They then compile the data on a world map and make scientific inferences on the location of plate boundaries. Further investigation involves upper level students in the identification of boundary interaction. The lesson can be extended to include a comparison of stationary volcanic activity on Mars to that of dynamic volcanic activity of the Pacific Plate on Earth.

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Lesson Plan Objectives

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Lesson Plan Site List, Illustrations, and Images

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Lesson Plan Procedure

Day Five:

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Types of Volcanoes Information Page


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Assessment in this unit is based upon an understanding of the use of the Internet and how information obtained can be applied. Following is a breakdown of reccomended assessments for each lesson.

Day One:

Day Two:

Day Three:

Day Four:

Day Five:

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Extensions and Homework Assignments

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Ties to Science Frameworks

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Data presented in this lesson was gathered from many sources with different dates of publication. As the understanding of the earth changes over time, so will acceptable data. The information presented here is by no means expert and shall not be considered the scientific standard. It is merely a reflection of the data that we have gathered using readily available sources and interpreting the data with our limited backgrounds. If you feel that areas are incorrect or need updating, please contact us through e-mail. We would love the input.

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  2. How the Earth Works. John Farndon: Reader's Digest, NY, 1992.
  3. The Everyday Science Sourcebook. Lawrence F. Lowery: Dale Seymour Publications, CA, 1985.
  4. Earthquakes. NSTA: Fema, Washington DC, 1988.
  5. Super Science Activities. Beattie, Bredt, Graeber, Lyford, Martinez, Oshita, Scotchmoor, Wight: Dale Seymour Publications, USA, 1988.
  6. Earth Science, The Challenge of Discovery. Snyder, Mann, Ludwig, Brecht, Stasik: Heath, USA, 1991.

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