What causes earthquakes? What are the effects and impacts of earthquakes? How are earthquakes measured? If there was an earthquake on Mars, would it still be considered an earthquake? Class members will find the answers to these and many other questions in a resources that includes a preparation discussion, a presentation on earthquakes, an activity matching vocabulary cards, and a closure writing or drawing activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To conserve paper, use an online flashcard site to review definitions instead of printing and having students match paper copies
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson plan says activity takes 25 minutes, while the activity worksheet says it takes 40 minutes, so plan accordingly
  • Lesson suggests groups of four during the activity, but the smaller the group, the better for student comprehension

  • Includes information about the primary and secondary effects of an earthquake

  • Mentions explosion earthquakes but fails to explain what they are
  • Does not mention collapse earthquakes
Common Core