Musical Plates is an Internet-based multidisciplinary project which will enrich a student's learning experience through "Unique and Compelling" applications of instructional technology. In particular, this project taps into some of the exciting applications of the Internet in education by having students access real time earthquake data, interact with experts online, and publish their own work to the project web site.Musical Plates has four Core Activities that will teach students how to access and interpret Real-Time earthquake and volcano data and to how use the information to solve a real world problem. Each of the core activities is designed to be used in a 45 minute class period, although this may depend on the grade level of your students. Additionally, students will need a small amount of class time (approximately 5 minutes) every day for a couple of weeks to record current earthquakes.
It is recommended that students go through the lessons in order, beginning with the Preliminary Activity: Read the Story! before continuing on to the online activities. The Teacher Guide section contains lesson plans for the Core Activities, as well as for supplemental and enrichment lessons. It is also recommended that you review each of the lessons carefully and use your judgment for allocating the appropriate amount of class time for the project.
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