Thread: Teachable Moment- Listening to the Earth

Started: 2020-06-19 11:13:53
Last activity: 2020-06-19 11:13:53
Tammy Bravo
2020-06-19 11:13:53
Here is our tenth and final seismology mini-investigation to support those
of you still leading e-learning as a result of stay-at-home orders!

This week’s investigation could be used now, but we know many of you are
done for the school year. Thus, we designed it to also be used in the fall
since Hurricane season spans from June to November. Yes, Hurricanes! The
techniques of seismology can be applied in a variety of contexts to explore
many aspects of Earth’s system! From glaciers, sea ice, fluvial systems
and caves, seismology has a role to play. In this exercise, students
explore how the seismometers detect approaching storms and use their
knowledge of hurricanes to interpret the seismic data.

This resource can be downloaded from:

We have enjoyed seeing what your students have created over these 10 weeks,
thank you so much for sharing their learning with us! Check out some of the
exemplary examples from 8th grade students at Key School in Annapolis,

Producing this 10 part set of mini-investigation has been a fun stretch for
the IRIS EPO staff. We recognize that they aren’t fully polished lesson
plans, but we never really intended them to be. Instead we wanted a set of
student activities that explored beyond the limits of existing standards
and textbooks. To that end we hope you’ve found them at least interesting
to consider if not useful for your teaching. We also hope you might be
willing to give us some feedback on what we produced!

Here is a short 3 minute survey that we’d love it if you would complete!
Your feedback will not only help us better understand the response to what
we produced, but also shape our plans for the future development of

We wish each and every one of you a restful summer!

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