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Earthquake Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans


Compiled by Christy Pratt.


USGS logo National Earthquake Information Center - NEIC
The goal of the NEIC is to rapidly disseminate information on all destructive earthquakes. Teachers can use the information contained in this website to create an earthquake safety lesson plan for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.

ciese logo Musical Plates
This lesson plan has a classroom activity that involves creating a map project to find the location of different earthquakes and relating this to plate tectonics. This lesson plan can be used for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.

plate tectonics Teaching Plate Tectonics
A good lesson plan that demonstrates plate tectonics through easy to draw illustrations. This plate tectonics lesson plan can easily be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

San Andreas Fault What is the San Andreas Fault?
The San Andreas Fault is the sliding boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. It slices California in two from Cape Mendocino to the Mexican border. San Diego, Los Angeles and Big Sur are on the Pacific Plate. San Francisco, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada are on the North American Plate.

DonorsChoose.org Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year. DonorsChoose.org.

nmbg&mr Earthquake Education and Resources
Here is a lesson plan that gives a good demonstration about earthquakes. This classroom activity deals with different aspects about faults. This project is appropriate for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students with minor modifications.

proteacher Education World
This earthquake lesson plan involves classroom activities that help students identify epicenters and magnitude readings. This lesson plan is useful for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

pbs You Don't Need a Seismograph to Study Earthquakes
This Lesson plan allows students to simulate S & P waves through classroom activities. This demonstration is a helpful strategy to educate elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

earth science Earthquake Slip Classroom Exercise
This lesson plan demonstrates stick-slip or elastic rebound theory through a classroom project. This classroom activity would be useful for helping elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students understand this concept.

nasa Inquiry Lesson for Earth Science
This lesson plan gives students the ability to investigate a certain topic, create a project and demonstrate their findings. This classroom activity will take a bit of time and can be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.
DonorsChoose.org Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year. DonorsChoose.org.

Waterproof Paper.com Free Graph Paper and Free Maps
Your students can get free printable graph paper, printable maps, printable calendars and more at Waterproof Paper.com, a website affiliated with Geology.com..

National Science Teachers Association
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Associations for Science Teachers
NSTA's list of science teaching societies in U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Find professional development near you.



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