Seismic Activity and California Landforms

This Seismic Activity and California Landforms lesson plan also includes:

By the 19th lesson in the 20-part series, scholars realize volcanoes and earthquakes are related to plate boundaries. The lesson extends and applies the knowledge by having individuals create a bumper sticker for one specific area of California explaining its risk for seismic activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow students to make a poster showing the areas of greatest and least risk for the entire state
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson feels rushed to fit into an hour, so plan for more time if possible
  • Physical relief map of California needs to be printed in color
Pros

  • Connects concepts from previous lessons in the series
  • Integrates new information about geysers, hot spots, and mud pots
Cons

  • None
Common Core