Earthquake Teacher Resources
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Be Prepared for an Earthquake
Earthquakes can be frightening and dangerous, but being prepared can make a world of difference. Perform an earthquake simulation during which the class practices how to drop, cover, and hold on as you read a script describing what might happen in the event of an earthquake.
K - 3rd Math CCSS: Adaptable
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Become a natural-hazard mapper! Your young scientists discuss plate tectonics, map regions of the US where earthquakes are likely to occur, and explore a population density map. Do people avoid living in areas where earthquakes are common? This plan includes several inks to additional sources.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History
Young scholars investigate earthquakes and describe the interactions inside the Earth that cause them to occur. Then they research the equipment and systems for detection and measurement of earthquakes. Students also build and engage in a working simulation of a seismograph.
1st - 12th Science
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Students gain an overall knowledge of how hot spots within the earth trigger the eruption of volcanoes, and how plate tectonics affect the stability of the earths crust, therefore creating earthquakes. They make connection between the various levels of viscosity and volcanic formation.
3rd - 5th Science
Shake it up with Seismographs!
Shake things up in your STEM or earth science classroom when you have small groups construct their own seismographs. A reading assignment on the history of seismographs, the Richter scale, and current technology sets the stage for the engineering design project.
3rd - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
How Do We Measure Earthquakes?
How is the magnitude of an earthquake measured? How is the intensity of an earthquake measured? What is amplitude in relation to an earthquake? In what country was the largest magnitude earthquake? There is a wealth of information about earthquakes and your learners will definitely want to use their calculators to figure out the answer to some of the questions.
7th - 12th Math
Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, 2004
The BBC reports on the Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred in 2004 off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia as a result of an earthquake. Footage of the waves and destruction around the area is shown. Maps delineate the quake's epicenter and surrounding areas.
9 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Earthquakes And Fault Lines
Students discuss major causes of earthquakes and identify famous fault lines, access and map information about ten largest earthquakes in world from 1989 to 1998, and theorize about location of these earthquakes as they relate to Earth's tectonic plates.
6th - 12th Science
Build an Earthquake-Proof Structure
Sixth graders create straw structures and experiment to see how they would withstand an earthquake. In this Earthquake lesson, 6th graders use increasing vibrations and record the effects on their straw structures. Students discuss which designs withstood the simulated earthquake the best and why.
6th Visual & Performing Arts
Earthquakes and Tectonic Plates
Here is a comprehensive package in which middle schoolers learn about types of seismic waves, triangulation, and tectonic plate boundaries. Complete vocabulary, colorful maps, and a worksheet are included via links on the webpage. You will need to have some Slinky® spring toys on hand to demonstrate P and S waves, and a way to project the accompanying maps.
6th - 7th Science
Earthquake Strikes Virginia
In August of 2011 an earthquake shook the nation's capitol, and became a newsworthy event; learners read this New York Times article to find out why. They read the piece then answer nine related comprehension questions. Two additional links are located on this page, one to a student opinion question which links to a blog and the second to a New York Times lesson on earthquakes.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History
Study Jams! Earthquakes
Have a seismic moment with your class as you show this animated video on earthquakes. Viewers find that quakes occur on faults and are caused by shifting of continental plates. They learn what properties are studied by seismologists and find how earthquakes shape the surface of the planet.
5th - 9th Science
Good Old Earth Materials
Students investigate different types of building structures and how they are able to stand up to earthquakes. Through comparison they determine which buildings are better able to handle earthquakes than others. They create a building, based on specific parameters, out of material assigned to them.
K - 4th Science