Hazards: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

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Learn about damage associated with earthquakes and materials that best withstand a quake. A lab engages class members in the experimental design and construction of sturdy structures that can endure various earthquake intensities. Groups analyze, record, and discuss their results. They then determine the intensity and magnitude of five earthquake scenarios in relation to the Modified Mercalli and Richter scales using the provided handout. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Find videos of earthquakes that simulate various levels of structural damage to support instruction
  • Create a final assessment in which individuals use their workbooks for finding answers 
Classroom Considerations

  • The fourth in a series of four lessons that make up a unit on the plate tectonics cycle
  • Have pupils refer to pages 10-12 in the workbook for this portion
  • Review and gather all materials necessary prior to teaching
Pros

  • Experimental design allows for creativity, collaboration, conducting several tests, and problem solving 
  • Answers are provided for first and second labs
Cons

  • Earthquake slideshow is not included, but it can be left out or substituted with the provided NOAA link in pre-lab
Common Core