I've had lots of non-science friends ask me clarifying questions about what they have been hearing and seeing through the media - too bad for them I wasn't an earth science teacher! I thought I would start a list of those blog posts that have been helpful for me in trying to understand the what, why, and repercussions. Please share additional information and resources that have been helpful to you and your students.
Japan Struggles to Control Quake-Damaged Nuke Plant - from Wired Science
Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Explained - video from CNN
Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments: Animations from IRIS - includes video
The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - from NSTA - includes lessons and activities
Teaching Ideas: The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan - from New York Times Learning Network
20 Ways to Teach About the Disaster Across the Curriculum - from New York Times Learning Network
You can also do a search in the Middle School Portal 2 Digital Library - you’ll get back resources that right on track for middle school science students.
Thanks Mary and Kim. I am sure these resources have been most helpful to teachers seeking to make learning relevant to their students.
My one earth science student has been on the unit about earthquakes, plate tectonics, etc. He has certainly gotten a "real" education while watching the events in Japan.
Here’s another resource - teachers sharing ideas on how they have integrated learning about the disaster into their English, Science and Health classes among others.