Featured Activity Kit: Seismograph Model

How do we know how “big” an earthquake is? The Seismograph model is a helpful way to introduce your students to the science of earthquakes. This new Curriculum Resources kit will support student learning about how earthquakes work and are measured, and is a good introduction to a piece of well-known scientific instrumentation.

The kit contains a model seismograph and an informative teacher’s guide. It is recommended for grades 6-12 and can be quickly assembled. The activities relating to the model can be adjusted for a variety of learning levels. Students can take turns testing out the model with their own simulated earthquakes, allowing them to apply what they have learned about seismology and the types of waves produced by earthquakes. The kit contains a number of suggestions for class activities, as well as suggestions for topics of further research for interested students. This highly interactive kit would be complementary to many of our curriculum resources books pertaining to earthquakes.

The Seismograph model is now on display on the ground floor coffee table, near the reference desk. It is fully assembled and ready to make some (seismic) waves! You can also check out this model and many other resources in OISE’s K- 12 Manipulatives Database.


About Nora Frauley-Elson

Graduate Student Library Assistant at OISE Library| Master of Information 2017, University of Toronto
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