Real Earthquakes, Real Learning

by: Aaron Schomburg

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One teacher took her class on a year long earthquake expedition. The goal was to monitor the occurrences of real earthquakes during the year and mark their locations with push pins on a wall-sized world map in the hallway outside the science room. The purpose of the project was to create a detailed picture of the earthquakes that occurred worldwide over the school year and to see if any patterns emerged. Through this experience students conducted “real” science—using actual data, drawing conclusions based on that data.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/2003Stock # sc03_041_01_26Volume 041Issue 01

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