Pasta Quake Magnitude Grades K - 2

This activity introduces the concept of earthquake size by breaking pieces of dry spaghetti.   You will use a single strand of spaghetti to illustrate a moderate earthquake (magnitude 5), a bundle of 30 spaghetti strands for a large earthquake (magnitude 6) and 900 strands to illustrate a major earthquake (magnitude 7).   By observing with their eyes, hands, and ears, students develop a qualitative feel for different sizes of earthquakes.  Plan on taking 50 minutes of class time to complete the activity and 60 to 90 minutes of preparation.



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