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    By Dawn

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    What grade are your students? Are you locating places on maps using longitude/latitude? If so, an idea is to plot earthquakes on a world map. I did this for observation in 5th grade. You can go to the website for the US Geological Survey. They have a list of every earthquake, date, and location by long. and lat. Print that out, select which earthquakes you'd like to plot, and then have the students find these on a world map.

    One thing I did that the observer really liked is I looked up earthquakes in the birthday year of the students. Almost all had an earthquake (usually a minor one, but still...) on the actual day they were born. They were very excited by this & it motivated them to find the location.

    If this doesn't apply to you, maybe someone else can adapt it--good luck!

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