Earth Science Earthquakes

Here is a list of awesome resources teachers can use in their classroom when teaching about earthquakes. On this page teachers will be able to find activities, videos, worksheets, websquests, science experiments, and other fantastic ideas that teachers can use with their students during their study of earthquakes. All activities and videos have been proven successful and interesting during earthquake units. To the left you will see filters that allow you to filter by grade level as well as what type of earthquake activity teachers may be looking for in order to better engage their students while learning about earthquakes.
  • San Andreas
    San Andreas
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    This is an entertaining newscast that interviews scientists and what they have to say about the movie San Andreas. I show this video in class to demonstrate reality vs Hollywood.Read more
  • Boxing day Tsunami
    Boxing day Tsunami
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    This is an edited version of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. This video does a great job telling the story of the tsunami from video of those who survived. Make sure you have tissues because there are...Read more
  • Lituya Bay Tsunami Survivors
    Lituya Bay Tsunami Survivors
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    When discussing tsunamis it is good to discuss that some tsunamis can reach hundreds of feet high if the conditions are right. In 1958 that is what happened after an landslide generated a 1720 foot...Read more
  • Lituya Bay Alask Tsunami
    Lituya Bay Alask Tsunami
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    When discussing tsunamis it is good to discuss that some tsunamis can reach hundreds of feet high if the conditions are right. In 1958 that is what happened after an landslide generated a 1720 foot...Read more
  • Boxing Day Tsunami
    Boxing Day Tsunami
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    This is the section of the film called The Impossible, where the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami hit a resort. I play just the clip of the tsunami. It does a really great job showing how tsunamis move. It...Read more
  • Haiti Earthquake
    Haiti Earthquake
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    In this video of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake students will see some the of shaking that occurs. This is where I discuss P and S waves as well because you can actually see when the two wave hit. Also...Read more
  • Earthquake Liquefaction
    Earthquake Liquefaction
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    In this video students will get a great view as to what liquefaction is during an earthquake. This video comes from the 2011 earthquake in Japan. One of the cool things about this video is that you...Read more
  • Loma Prieta Earthquake
    Loma Prieta Earthquake
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    Students will be able to witness some video captured during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. I use this video as part of my Daily Dose of Destruction series when teaching about the destructive power...Read more
  • Understanding Seismograph video
    Understanding Seismograph video
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    In this video students will gain a better understanding of what seismographs, seismometers and seismograms are. As students study earthquakes they can use some of this information to understand how...Read more
  • 2011 Japan Earthquake
    2011 Japan Earthquake
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    In this video your earth science students will be able to witness a compilation of video from the 2011 Japan earthquake. In this video students will see that building can sway as the earth moves...Read more
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    In this Earth Science Earthquake activity students will explore the USGS current earthquake website. Students will understand what is to be found on the USGS Earthquake website. They will discover...Read more
  • Google Drawing Faults Activity
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    In this EdTech Earth Science activity students will use Google Drawings to create an image that demonstrates the three main types of earthquake faults, Transverse, Normal, and Reverse. They will find...Read more
  • Earthquake Triangulation
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    In this Earth Science activity students will gain a deeper understanding of the following Vocabulary: seismologist, seismograph, seismogram, epicenter, P-Wave, S-Wave, Wave Amplitude, Magnitude, and...Read more
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    Here is a plate tectonic demonstration/lab idea for all grade levels. You can easily use this video when teaching about earthquakes and plate movements. All you will need is a hot plate, pan, some...Read more
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    This animation demonstrates how P-waves, S-waves, and Surface waves, caused by earthquakes move through different types of rock. The animation discusses what type of damage can occur, it shows...Read more
  • The structure of the Earth
    The structure of the Earth
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    This video discusses how the layers of the Earth are and how scientists know. It discusses the formation of the solar system, the elements that make up much of the Earth, a little bit about how our...Read more
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    Steve Spangler demonstrates the power behind friction using two notebooks. This can also be done using your textbooks. Variable to the experiment is to test the strength of the friction after 1, 5,...Read more
  • Earthquake Volcano Video
    Earthquake Volcano Video
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    Here is a full length featured documentary about volcanoes. This would be great to show on days you might need a substitute lesson plan.Read more