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Earthquakes: A Severe Weather and Natural Disasters Activity

Scholastic's online activity bring students face-to-face with earthquakes, sharing how they’re formed, measured, located, and more.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Computer Lab Activities

The Earthquakes online learning activity, part of the Weather Watch: Severe Weather and Natural Disasters series, offers students a comprehensive look at earthquakes through compelling reading and interactive activities.

  • The Basics: Students read a brief definition of earthquakes and learn what causes them.
  • In-Depth: This three-page reading activity covers the following topics:
    • How are earthquakes formed?
    • What happens when an earthquake starts?
    • What happens to the waves earthquakes form?
    • How do you measure seismic waves?
    • How do you locate an earthquake?
    • How is the size of an earthquake measured?
    • How frequently do earthquakes occur?
    • Can you predict an earthquake?
  • Experiments: Students learn how to make their own Quake Detector!
  • Witness Account: A woman who was 11 years old during the 1994 Northridge, CA earthquake shares her family’s harrowing experience. They lived just six miles away from where the earthquake was the strongest.
  • Words to Know: This interactive activity tests students’ know-how. They must read an article on earthquakes and fill in missing key words to complete sentences.
  • Be Ready!: A how-to for earthquake readiness, including what to put in an emergency kit.
  • Famous Earthquakes: Here, the world’s most notorious earthquakes are outlined, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Susan Cheyney

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