Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes
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This is a two-part homework exercise. In the first part, students use on-line courseware from California State University, Los Angeles to investigate seismograph records. In the second part, students complete a crossword puzzle created to master the vocabulary associated with this part of the course.
This is used in my introductory physical geography course for non-majors (World Natural Environments).
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
This exercise is designed to help them master the concepts of plate tectonics and associated geologic hazards
How the activity is situated in the course
This is a stand-alone exercise
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Concepts include plate tectonics and associated geologic hazards.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Students learn to analyze seismographs and use these to determine earthquake epicenters and magnitudes.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Students do background reading on plate tectonics and associated geologic hazards. In the first part of this exercise, students use on-line courseware from California State University, Los Angeles (Virtual Earthquake) to investigate seismograph records and use these records to determine earthquake epicenters and magnitudes. In the second part, they complete a crossword puzzle designed to help them master new vocabulary related to plate tectonics.
Determining whether students have met the goals
The courseware provides a certificate of completion that the students turn in along with the completed puzzle.More information about assessment tools and techniques.
Teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 40kB May5 08)
- Solution Set (Acrobat (PDF) 35kB May5 08)