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Musical Plates: A Study of Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
This on-line project is part of the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) program. As they complete this series of lessons, students will use real-time data to solve a problem, study the correlation between earthquakes and tectonic plates, and determine whether or not there is a relationship between volcanoes and plate boundaries. Musical Plates has four Core Activities that will teach students how to access and interpret real-time earthquake and volcano data and to how use the information to solve a real-world problem. Each of the core activities is designed to be used in a 45-minute class period. This unit also has three enrichment lessons and a final project lesson that can also be used for assessment.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Project
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
  • Mathematics
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999, 2001 Stevens Institute of Technology Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education, All Rights Reserved. The Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, Copyright Owner, provides the information on this server to anyone, but retains copyright on all text and graphic images.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-638
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evolution and equilibrium
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education
http://www.k12science.org/index.html

Contact: Greg Bartus
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education