Earthquakes: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

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Examine earthquake intensities and ways to measure an earthquake through the comparison of the Mercalli and Richter scales. After completing the pre-lab worksheet, fourth graders compare high and low intensity quakes by testing the magnitude affects on different shaped buildings. They then learn how to read seismographs and identify P-waves and S-waves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Reserve time in the computer lab to research earthquake data during the post-lab
Classroom Considerations

  • The second lesson in a series of four on the plate tectonics cycle
  • Have learners refer to pages 4-6 in the workbook for this portion of the unit
  • Gather all materials necessary for the lab prior to teaching

  • A workbook for the entire unit is included below
  • Blackline masters are provided within the resource

  • Link in the post-lab does not work
Common Core