NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Tsunamis Theme Page
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which supplement the study of
tsunamis. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources
within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information.
Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...)
to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional
materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this
General Tsunamis Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to tsunamis. Please read our disclaimer.
- Here are two lesson plans at the Houghton Mifflin Activity Search site
that will help students understand tsunamis better.
Make Waves Children use wind to create waves and marbles to model
energy moving through water.
Waves Students construct a tabletop village to visualize the relative
height and effects of tsunamis.
Columbia Provincial Emergency Program
- The BC Provincial Emergency Program is the agency responsible for maintaining
awareness, preparedness, and the response and recovery programs that are designed
to reduce the human and financial costs of emergencies and disasters in BC.
Included in the site is an online version of BC Tsunami Warning Plan, as well
as general and BC specific information.
- In this one day lesson plan, grade 9-12 students will develop a model for
tsunami detection that incorporates remote sensing technology, will access
data at remote sensing site via the Internet, and will use the computer to
prepare and archive a presentation of their final report.
The Big Wave
- Nasa's Observatorium offers informational resources for students to explain
what a tsunami is, the physics behind the wave, warning systems, what to do
when they hit, and casualties data. A quiz and word search activity are also
The WWW Tsunami Information Resource
- General information on tsunamis including near real-time tsunami informational
bulletins, explanations of how a tsunami is generated and how it propogates,
their effect on humans, how you can protect yourself, and a description of
the Tsunami warning system. There is also survey and research information.
- The National Geophysical Data Center's searchable database of recent and
Tsunami Page of Dr. George P.C.
- A very comprehensive site on tsunamis by Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis.
In addition to general information, there are sections on Impact on Society;
Mechanism, Propagation, and Terminal Effects of Tsunami; Historical Tsunami
Database; Tsunami bibliographies; Warning Systems; and Real Time and Long
Term Tsunami Prediction and Evaluation. Warning: The design of the main menu
page incorporates small font size and questionable colour combinations which
make the page very difficult to read. The lower pages are not quite as bad,
but you may wish to override font and colour preferences with your own. Also,
as this is a Geocities site, you will have to endure intermittent forced interruptions
from their promotional advertising. If you can put up with these problems,
the content in the site is worthwhile.
The Great Wave
- An online brochure liberally sprinkled with pictures. Topics include: general
information, causes of tsunamis, warning centres, warning dissemination, facts,
and what you should do.
- Intended for elementary students, this online booklet contains 30 sequential
pages of artwork and story. Caution: you may encounter slow downloads.
- This lesson plan will give Grade 3-5 students a basic understanding of
the physical properties of waves in general.
of Destruction: Tsunamis
- This web site is a companion piece to the PBS series on the Savage Earth
but it can stand alone as well. Included is information on how tsunamis are
formed and what makes them dangerous. There are also explanatory pictures
and Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre
- This centre serves as the regional Tsunami Warning Center for Alaska, BC,
Washington, Oregon, and California. Their web site contains recent press releases/advisories,
information on recent tsunamis, an explanation of the physics of tsunamis,
a list of safety rules, and a selection of pictures.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content
in Tsunamis. For other resources in Science (e.g., curricular content in Earth
Science, General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or for lesson
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