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Ch 19: Earthquakes Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Earthquakes chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach earthquake characteristics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Earthquakes chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Earthquake components An earthquake's focus and epicenter, foreshocks and aftershocks, locations of major tectonic plate boundaries
Tuesday Causes of earthquakes Faults, tectonic plate movement, the theory of elastic rebound, body and surface seismic waves
Wednesday Seismic activity Uses of seismographs and seismograms, the behavior of primary and secondary body waves
Thursday Earthquake magnitude Steps in the Richter scale, the moment magnitude scale, magnitudes of the most common earthquakes
Friday Earthquake destruction Mudslides, liquefaction, tsunamis, structural damage to roads and buildings

6 Lessons in Chapter 19: Earthquakes Lesson Plans
What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

1. What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

Earthquakes are well known for the damage and destruction they leave behind. But what is an earthquake? In this video lesson you will learn about what causes earthquakes and the various components involved in these powerful natural disasters.

The Causes of Earthquakes

2. The Causes of Earthquakes

In this video lesson you will learn what causes earthquakes and where they occur. You will also understand the theory of elastic rebound, and how this relates to movement of the earth's crust.

Identifying and Understanding Earthquakes Using Seismic Activity

3. Identifying and Understanding Earthquakes Using Seismic Activity

Scientists can learn a lot about earthquakes by studying how they move ground. Using seismic activity, we can learn where an earthquake originated as well as how strong it was. In this video lesson, you will learn about seismic activity and how it relates to our understanding of earthquakes.

Aftershocks & Foreshocks of an Earthquake

4. Aftershocks & Foreshocks of an Earthquake

An earthquake is not an isolated event of ground shaking. Foreshocks and aftershocks occur with most earthquakes, and in this video lesson you will learn about them and how they are part of the overall process.

Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes

5. Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes

In this video lesson, you will learn about earthquake magnitude and how it is measured. You will also learn how that relates to the amount of energy released during an earthquake, as well as how common different magnitude earthquakes are around the world.

Destruction Caused by Earthquakes

6. Destruction Caused by Earthquakes

Earthquakes are well-known for their damage and destruction, and in this video lesson you will learn about the different types of damage that these dangerous natural disasters can cause.

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