Lesson 7: Examining All the Factors
Examining All the Factors
Students explore several interactive web sites to gather information which will enable them to compare the seismicity and potential level of earthquake damage for five different locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working in teams, they will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding that the level of earthquake damage is a result of multiple factors.
Materials / Preparation
Computers with Internet connections
Each student will need a copy of:
Alternative: If classroom computer access is not available, all the maps could be printed out on a color printer. Note that What's the Probability? has a clickable map but all the information from clicking is also found in a table at the end of the page. The only problem is that not all segments are labeled (they are color coded, and the colors may be hard to read on a printout). The teacher may want to hand label the printouts with segment names before photocopying.
Groups of four
Review the student activities 1906 Scenario Earthquake Scenario and What's the Probability? You may also want to read Four Earthquake Scenarios for a brief description of the four main earthquake scenarios mentioned in this activity.
This activity may be compressed to fit within a single class period or fleshed out to be a more creative culminating activity spanning several periods with a substantial writing component for a final report.