A comprehensive list of activities and lesson plans that look at the science behind earthquakes.
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.
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