Educational resource Teacher's Guide to Earthquake Education

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Teacher's Guide to Earthquake Education

Associated divisions
Natural Hazards (NH)
Seismology (SM)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)


Age groups

Material needed
See each lesson for material needed for lesson implementation.

Type of activities
Teacher Training


This Teacher’s Guide to Earthquake Education is for teachers who work with students with little or no pre-existing knowledge of Earth sciences. The curriculum consists of pre- and post-assessment activities, six directed inquiry-based science activities describing physical processes related to earthquakes, five interactive activities on earthquake hazards and mitigation strategies, and a codification art/literacy project. Each earthquake hazards lesson includes a Tabletop Exercise, which is a scenario that incorporates the occurrence of a particular type of hazard into a realistic chain of events that a student may experience during an earthquake. All lessons are optimized for scientific content, ease of implementation, appropriateness to the targeted grade levels (middle and high school) and cultural sensitivity.