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Here are some links to Earth Science and Earthquake web resources.

Earthquake Lesson Plans

Web Quest from  Colonial Heights Middle School, Blountville, TN
A good introduction to seismology, even if you're not from Tennessee.


Buffalo Grove, IL, Earthquake Project (grade 6)
This project and unit is an exciting exercise integrating many subject areas across the curriculum. During the unit, students not only learn about Plate Tectonics and earthquakes, but they also learn descriptive writing techniques, architectural design, computer skills, oral communication skills, monetary/budget skills, cooperative group working skills and many other important skills.


Investigating Earthquakes through Regional Seismicity (grades 8-12)
A great tutorial with 30 classroom exercises from the Southern California Earthquake Center. 


Virtual Geology Labs  (grades 9-16)
Learn by doing.  You can become a "Virtual Seismologist" at the Virtual Earthquake page. 


Earthquake Web Quest
A good internet-based research lesson with a focus on Tennessee.  This could also be adapted to another region.


Surfing for Earthquakes and Volcanoes (grades 6-8)
Students use the Internet to research data on earthquakes and volcanoes and plot locations to determine continental plate boundaries. Extensions include interpretation of interaction between plate boundaries, causes of earthquakes and volcanoes, and the comparison of the formation of Olympus Moons on Mars and the Hawaiian volcanic chain. 


Big Trouble in Earthquake Country (grades 9-12)
Use on-line earthquake hazard maps and other relevant geological information to assess hazards to life and property associated with hypothetical earthquakes of various magnitudes. Working in small groups with other students, you may then use this information to develop strategies that might be used to reduce damage and loss of life in the area within which your home or school is located. Overall, this lesson will help you to gain a better understanding of the complex nature of the interaction between earthquakes and human beings.


Earthshaking Lab (grades7-9)
Earthquakes can provide a useful context for teaching or reviewing many basic physics concepts, such as sliding and static friction, forms of energy and conversion from one form to another, and the elastic properties of materials.  With this understanding, the mechanism of earthquakes becomes clearer.


Musical Plates (grades7-9)
Use real time data from the Internet to solve a problem. Determine latitude and longitude of an earthquake. Chart Earthquake's position on a large world map Chart Volcanic Activity on a large map Determine Plate Boundaries Ascertain convergent boundaries 


Candy Quakes (grade 8)
Using a candy bar, gum, and Twizzlers, students will demonstrate the effects of deformational forces on the earth's crust.


Plate Tectonics, the Cause of Earthquakes
The plates consist of an outer layer of the Earth, the lithosphere, which is cool enough to behave as a more or less rigid shell.  Only lithosphere has the strength and the brittle behavior to fracture in an earthquake. 


Earthquake - University of California
This lesson will guide you through several activities to help you think like a geologist.  1.Building Your Own Seismograph (optional); 2.Can You Read a Quake? 3.Race of the Waves; 4.Where Did It Hit? 5.Shadows from the Core  6.Prediction or Prevention 


Earthquakes for Kids
FEMA EQ Lessons and Activities


Amidst the Rubble of Ruined Cities (grades 6-12)
This lesson is designed to promote an understanding of how a natural disaster, specifically an earthquake, can devastate the essential aspects of a country’s infrastructure.  (New York Times)


National Tragedy, Global Response (grades 6-12)
Examining the Local, National and International Effects On and Responses To the Earthquake in Turkey. (New York Times)


Outreach in the Aftermath (grades 6-12)
Understanding the Importance of Providing Aid to Victims of Natural
Disasters.  (New York Times)


Shake, Rattle, and Roll (grades 2-9)
Youngsters explore basic principles of structural design and material strength to discover effective ways to construct buildings that can withstand earthquakes. They then design a series of experiments to explore the relationship between the type of ground a structure is built on and the degree of damage it is likely to sustain in an earthquake.  (National Science Foundation)


Earth Science Teaching and Resources

Earth Science Sites of the Week

“Earth Science Sites of the Week” dating back to 1999 are now available and can be searched by keyword. To access past archives go to the “Earth Science Site of the Week Archives” link half way down the page at Another way to access sites is to consult RESOURCES FOR EARTH SCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY INSTRUCTION at . Over 1000 reviewed links are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image quality, ease with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format. Contact to join the mailing list, or suggest a site to be listed.



Exploratorium, suggested by John Cafarella: “here's everything students need to know about earthquakes, presented through video, graphics, photos, interactive classroom projects, webcasts and more. The information is divided into five primary sections: Live Eye on the Earth, Great Shakes, Quake Basics, Damage Control, and Active Zone. Education World, which gave this site an A+ rating, says students may want to begin with Quake Basics where they can learn about plate tectonics, faults, waves and how the earth's movements are measured. Great Shakes includes information about earthquakes in and around San Francisco, including video from the World Series game when the 1989 earthquake started.  You'll also find links to other sites that track daily movements of the earth.”  (From Earth Science Sites of the Week) - Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania
*  An Earth Science dictionary of over 500 terms
 *  Printable geologic time scale
 *  Printable mineral identification chart
 *  Directory for jobs and careers in Earth Science
 *  Over 200 satellite images of cities, states, and countries
 *  New Google maps that have been featured on and


Plate Tectonics: The Scientist Behind the Theory

This video segment adapted from A Science Odyssey profiles Alfred Wegener, the scientist who first proposed the theory of continental drift. Initially criticized, his theory was accepted after further evidence revealed the existence of tectonic plates and showed that these plates move.


Plate Tectonics
Lessons related to the evidence for and history of plate tectonics.

Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DELESE) Teaching Box" on Plate Tectonics:
Plate Tectonics.

USGS Lessons and Activities
Index to a diverse set of lessons.

Ask for Kids about Earthquakes
"Ask for Kids" answers many basic questions.

An Educational Site for Budding Seismologists
Michigan Technological University: A program created to teach young people (and not-so-young people) more about the planet we live on and how it works

Internet Resources in the Earth Sciences
UC Berkeley Library, Earth Science & Map Library
Earth Science Education Resources
Southern California Earthquake Center
Internet Resources in Earth Sciences and Natural Hazards
Internet Resources in Earth Sciences and Natural Hazards UC Berkeley Seismological Lab
Earth Sciences Library
The Australian National University Earth Sciences Library
Frank Potter's Science Gems
Science Resources are sorted by Category, Subcategory, and Grade Level
Seismo-surfing the Internet
The following are known Internet type connections where original seismic data or seismic research information is available. See the end of the list for several other indexes to related fields.
New Scientist Planet Science | Earthquake Report | Introduction
The science of earthquakes and earthquake prediction, fault lines, major quake regions, and more
UC Berkeley Seismological Lab Teaching Resources
UC Berkeley Seismological Lab Resources
GeoScience: K-12 Resources
This "page" is an ongoing project to see what relevant K-12 GeoScience resources are available on the web.
The Telson Spur: Field Nodes -- Earth (1): Earth Sciences
This page is a list of links to on-line resources in the earth sciences in general and the solid earth sciences in particular (including geophysics and geology).
The Learning Web: The Adventure Continues
USGS Education Links
These links are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also
available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image quality, ease
with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format.


General Education Web Sites

Do Science has great science activities for parents and students. Educators will find ideas for the classroom and resources for professional development. Have fun exploring this site


Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Search ENC's catalog for K-12 math and science curriculum resources. 


Pacific Bell Education Resources
Blue Web'n is a searchable database of over 1000
outstanding Internet learning sites categorized by subject
area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects,
resources, references, & tools).


San Francisco Exploratorium
Large web site with lots of information and ideas.


Study Web
An extensive and well organized site with many links for learning.


K-12 Sources - Curriculum - Lesson Plans
Dennis Boals' Education Links


Lightspan: Online Learning for School and Home
Good links to many lessons and related information.


Frank Potter's Science Gems
Science resource links for students, parents, teachers, scientists, engineers and mathematicians.


Science Concepts from Queens University
This page contains the complete list of the major concepts involved in teaching Science in the Secondary Classroom. The concepts are divided into Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science and Intermediate Science. Each major concept is listed and linked to its list of Concept Development, Demos, Tips and Labs/Activites.


Robert Krampf's Science Education Company
The Science Education Company works with museums, universities, schools, homeschoolers, scout groups, and other groups and institutions to help make science fun and understandable.  Do sign up to receive Mr. Krampf's free
EXPERIMENT of the WEEK E-mail, you won't be sorry!


Cramster is a global online study community centered on providing understanding to physics, math and chemistry questions whether it's related to homework, exam preparation or general learning.  Membership is required, which is free for basic or $9.95/month for premium membership.


Tremor Troops, A Teacher's Package on Earthquakes for K-6
Produced by The National Science Teachers Association with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Arlington, VA.
Phone: (703) 243-7100.

Seismic Sleuths, A Teacher's Package on Earthquakes for Grades 7-12
Produced by The American Geophysical Union with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

For Seismic Sleuths, phone the FEMA Warehouse, POB 2012, Jessup, MD, 20794-2012 
Phone: (800) 480-2520 

For Troops or Sleuths, contact: The Bay Area Science Institute , San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose CA
Phone: (408) 924-5030 


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