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You can’t blame students for being excited about the science of earthquakes; it’s not their fault.
The Earth science lovers in your class will enjoy discovering the facts about the motion of the Earth’s crust and the movement of its tectonic plates. And unlike the rest of us these days, tectonic plates are still greeting each other by “shaking lands,” ba-dum-TSH.
Earthquakes are among nature’s most destructive events. They’ve inspired a lot of MEGA disaster films from Hollywood over the years. Despite the fantasy disasters dreamed up by screenwriters and special effects geniuses, the students in your class can use your lessons to help them separate science facts from science fiction. Here are some common fact vs. fiction notions about earthquakes as reported by the United States Geological Survey agency:
With your Earth science lesson plans, students can learn what really happens when the Earth moves so they can separate earthquake facts from fiction at the movie theatre and everywhere else.
Scroll to the top of this page to download McGraw Hill’s AccessScience article, Earthquake; it has comprehensive facts on causes, classifications, sequences, prediction, and more to add to your lesson plans. The free download also includes assessment questions and answers you can use to test student understanding. It’s a valuable resource covering a seismic topic.
Download McGraw Hill’s AccessScience Teacher Answer key for this article here.
Shake, Rattle & Roll Earthquake Board
This wave maker earthquake board and kit makes seismic waves in the classroom.
Towering Toothpick Disaster Lab Activity
Using basic building materials, students design and build a three-story, earthquake resistance structure.
Creates a visual representation of the shock waves generated by an earthquake.
Earthquakes Curriculum Learning Module
A complete set of visual, digital, and hands-on resources to provide students with the skills to master key concepts on Earthquakes.