Be Prepared for an Earthquake

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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 dropcover, 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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Perform this lesson near the beginning of school to prepare your class for the school-wide disaster drills they will be having throughout the year
  • For regions that don't experience earthquakes, adapt this lesson to address a number of different natural disasters
  • Extend the lesson by having children create posters that explain what to do during an earthquake
  • Depending on the size of your class, allow students to work in pairs or small groups when creating their disaster preparedness kits
Classroom Considerations
  • Prior to performing the earthquake simulation, be sure to clarify behavioral expectations to ensure student safety during the activity
  • Allows students freedom to make and support their own choices for items in their earthquake kits 
  • Simulation demonstrates what to expect in the event of an earthquake
  • Lesson includes all supporting materials and ideas for extension activities
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