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Lesson Plan

Earth and Space Science: Exploring Earthquakes
Subject: Science
Grade span: 3 to 8
Duration: Three days or longer
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Integrating Science Across the Curriculum


Exploring Earthquakes is one example of how you can implement the practice of Integrating Science Across the Curriculum. In this activity, students use books and the Internet to gather data about earthquakes and how they affect people. Language arts skills help in researching, generating ideas and questions, and communicating and interpreting data. Math skills help in measuring and finding locations with coordinate map systems. Art skills are used to create foldable graphic organizers.

Learning Goals:


Mapping Activity Graphic Organizers Science Vocabulary Foldable


Safety Considerations Safety Considerations:
If colored straight pins are used instead of colored dots, as suggested by some teachers, care should be taken to ensure students are not injured.

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Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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Online Training for Afterschool Staff
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The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.