This Investigation Set is designed for students to explore the characteristics of earthquakes and how to prepare for them.
Target Grades & Subject(s): Grades 6-12; Science
- Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions. (MS-ESS2-3)
- Science and Engineering Practices (SEP)
- Use and construct models for representing ideas and explanations. (NGSS, SEP 2)
Before teaching Part 1: 4-06: Earthquake Characteristics [Download texts here]
- Students should be familiar with tectonic plates and how their motion creates unique geographic features (e.g. mountains) as well as earthquakes.
- To introduce this set, state that you are going to show a video of an earthquake that occurred in Northern California in 1989. Show this video and ask students to record their observations. Use their responses to frame a discussion on how quickly natural disasters like earthquakes can occur and why it’s important to understand how to best prepare for them.
Download the complete Investigation Set Earthquake Shakes