Earthquake Teacher Resources
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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. Follow up with a discussion on preparedness, using the included picture cards to create earthquake kits. For regions that don't experience earthquakes, adapt this lesson to address a number of different natural disasters. An engaging activity that takes disaster preparedness a step further than standard school-wide drills.
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. Upon the conclusion of the experiment, a class discussion will be held to evaluate the various conclusions made by students.
After a brief discussion on earthquakes, make a makeshift seismograph to record the shaking of the table that it sits upon. While the background information will be useful to you as a teacher, the seismograph does not seem like it would be very effective in recording table movement. You would need to have one person shake the table, while another moves the paper in order to get a half-decent representation of a seismograph data.
Students research and describe the causes of earthquakes and identify where earthquakes are likely to occur. They view videos, explore interactive software and use Silly Putty and sugar cubes to illustrate the forces at work behind an earthquake.
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. Students then track current quakes online for one week, and create multimedia presentation describing how and why earthquakes occur.
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.
Fifth graders plot Earthquakes and note how they follow the fault line. In this Earthquake lesson, 5th graders navigate a website and become familiar with the concept that Earthquakes happen along fault lines. Students locate and understand there are different types of fault lines (convergent, divergent,strike-slip)
With all the recent attention on Haiti, and now Chile, it is the perfect time to teach your students about earthquakes!
After reading an article on earthquakes and tsunamis, students answer a series of multiple choice questions about what they have learned. All answers can be found within the article, making this a good way to prepare for reading comprehension questions on a standardized test - or just a good way to practice reading skills.
Students discuss the effects of earthquakes. In this earth science lesson, students create earthquake models and earthquake-proof buildings. They construct their own seismograph.
Students examine the destruction caused by earthquakes. In this community safety lesson, students examine the risk involved in living in an earthquake zone and how to prepare for future earthquakes.
Students construct small cities made of sugar cubes, bullion cubes, and gelatin cubes. They experiment with the cubes in order to determine which materials hold up the best against a simulated earthquake. Students explain how earthquake magnitude is measured.
Young scholars plot the locations of faults and then map recent earthquakes in order to see the relationship between earthquakes and faults. They identify that earthquakes occur along faults at plate boundaries and also, along patches of planar faults that have lengths and widths.
Students plot earthquakes on a map. In this instructional activity on earthquakes, students will explore recent earthquake activity in California and Nevada. Students will plot fault lines and earthquake occurrences on a map.
Students devise a plan to prepare a city for an earthquake. In this lesson on earthquakes, students differentiate between the different types of earthquakes, examine the impact they can have on a city, and write a proposal on how to better prepare a city for an earthquake.
In this earthquake in Pakistan learning exercise, learners read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about an earthquake in Pakistan. Students complete 10 activities total.
Students simulate earthquakes utilizing an online program, and examine the earthquake-proofing construction for their building. They chart and analyze their simulated data using
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. There's even a site where your learners can create their own tornado! They'll be thrilled to play around with this game!
Students inspect the causes and effects of earthquakes and examine how seismic waves travel. In this earthquake lesson, students determine where earthquakes happen and why, before determining how to build an earthquake resistant building. They watch a video and discuss fault lines. They simulate the construction by making a building out of toothpicks and gum drops.
Students identify that shaking may result in damage in the form of structural failure, soil liquefaction, and landslides. They also identify that earthquakes can cause damage that disrupts people's lives. Finally, students view a slide show that illustrates more visually the effects of an earthquake, record about them, and discuss their observations.