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This set of activities introduces younger students to the concept of earthquake preparedness. They will prepare their own earthquake kits and explain why they have chosen each item, work out a disaster plan, and write a creative short story about someone who survived an earthquake because they were well prepared. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Module / Unit, Non-profit portal
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This site contains photographs, video, and an online diary made by Dr. Jose Borrero of the University of Southern California Tsunami research group, who visited the Aceh province of Northern Sumatra, one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami and earthquake, just days after the disaster occurred. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This student handout is required to complete the activity, 'The Day the Earth Shook'. It provides a list of three structural design scenarios to be considered, tests to perform on these designs, and a place to record observations. A downloadable, printable version is included. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This lab activity, targeting grades 6-8, describes building a shake table and then exploring the dynamic response of various block structures to a simulated earthquake. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This brief historical account describes some of the effects of the Cajon Pass earthquake, which struck near San Bernardino, California in 1899. It also incudes the time, approximate location, and approximate magnitude and intensity of the event. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This is a word search for basic tsunami terms. This site has multiple versions of the word search which can be viewed by refreshing the page or hitting the restart button. The wordsearch can be completed online or can be printed out. The words used are Alaska, Earthquake, Seward, Valdez, Hawaii, Hilo, Japan, Landslide, Meteorite, Tsunami, Water, and Wave. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), Informal, General public
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This site provides detailed information about the location and size of the Hector Mine earthquake of October 17, 1999. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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The site allows children of all ages to test their knowledge of what FEMA is and the disasters that they respond to by playing a variety of different games. These games (e.g. Disaster Math, Hurricane I.Q Quiz, etc.) test the player's mathematical skills, concentration levels and reasoning abilities. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), Informal, General public
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Mathematics, Natural hazards
 
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In this lesson, students will describe how a natural event, the Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, affected human activity. They will study a fact sheet with an account of the earthquake, examine maps of the tectonic plates in the vicinity of Alaska, model plate collisions using sponges, and make lists of what might happen during an earthquake in a hypothetical Alaskan city. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Educational portal
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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In this lesson students will use earthquake and volcano data to explore the relationship between earthquakes, plate tectonics, and volcanoes. This in an online project in which students use the Internet to collect and analyze real-time data. It includes four activities in which they will plot the data, look for patterns, attempt to project where their homes might be located in a million years, and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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