Earthquakes Activities Reading Passages | Natural Disasters Activities



Looking for low to no prep resources to teach about earthquakes or natural disasters? This resource includes everything you need for an engaging, informative study!

No science textbook? Not a problem with the included informational fact book and accompanying texts. Provide cross-curricular practice with the included skill pages and graphic organizers. Differentiate instruction with the included research activities. You will LOVE the ease of prep and variety of skills covered! INCLUDES BOTH A PRINT AND INTERACTIVE DIGITAL VERSION MADE FOR GOOGLE SLIDES.



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  • Vocabulary posters: 13 color posters including the words earthquake, crust, seismograph, seismic waves, magnitude, Moment Magnitude Scale, epicenter, fault, Ring of Fire, foreshock, aftershock, focus, tectonic plate
  • Earthquake Video List: 2 Earthquake Video poster versions. One using links and one using QR codes. Teacher instruction page included for use.
  • Video Viewing Guide: Graphic Organizer to use while watching any of the Earthquake Videos
  • Earthquake Brainstorming Chart: Assess background knowledge using this “Earthquakes: are, can, have” chart
  • Earthquake Informational Reading Tab-book: Tab book includes 6 pages of informational text including earthquake facts, earthquake causes, how earthquakes are measured, earthquake safety, earthquake damage, and where earthquakes happen. Both a color and black/ white book versions are included.
  • Earthquake Vocabulary Charts: 2 vocabulary charts are included. Charts include an area for word, clues from the text, definition, and illustration.
  • Earthquake Cause and Effect: Fill in the started Cause and Effect graphic organizer using the informational tab book
  • Earthquake Diagram: Diagram including the focus, epicenter, and fault line of an earthquake. Students must take what they have learned about earthquakes to complete this page.
  • Earthquake Sequencing: Sequence the events leading up to an earthquake, during an earthquake, and after an earthquake with this cut-and-paste page
  • Earthquake Coloring Notes: Coloring notes are graphic organizers meet coloring pages. Students love them!
  • Types of Faults Informational Text: Read about the three common fault types-normal faults, reverse faults, and strike-slip faults. Both color and black/ white versions included.
  • Types of Faults Foldable: Make a fun foldable to record what you learned about each of the fault types.
  • Types of Faults Comprehension: Use the Types of Faults Informational text to answer the questions about the different types of faults.
  • Earthquake Research: 10 of the worst earthquakes in history are listed for students to research. Students will choose an earthquake, research it, complete the graphic organizer, and write a summary of what they learned.
  • Earthquake STEM Challenge: Students will learn how buildings are made to withstand earthquake damage by creating and testing their own building model. Teacher directions page included. Two student work pages included. One informational text included-Building Earthquake-Resistant Buildings.
  • Earthquake Puzzle: Use the code to fill in the answers to some interesting earthquake facts.
  • Earthquake Project Choice Board: Extend students’ learning of earthquakes with a variety of earthquake project ideas! Have students choose a project, complete the project at home/ school/ for independent study, and then grade the project using the included rubric.
  • Earthquake Acrostic: Review what you learned about earthquakes by writing an earthquake acrostic poem.
  • Earthquake Daily 3-2-1: Have students fill out the Daily 3-2-1 as an exit slip to see what students learned and what they still have questions about.


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