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Grouping of Students
Suggested Materials
Free FEMA Publications
Earthquake Resources (online)


Objectives (Taken directly from the SC Science Standards:)

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Suggested Materials:

Text book
Reference Books
Science Log Note Book
videodisc "Earthquakes"
Internet access
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Day 1
In preparation for Earthquake Awareness Week, April 9-15, students will see a presentation by an earthquake survivor (*) that includes stories of the destruction and aftermath, as well as views of earthquake destruction from web pages (**). The discussion will include the Charleston earthquake of 1886 and the fault line that runs 10 miles away. This would lead into our participation in SCEPP and the use of data collected from the school seismograph. Students will be asked to help prepare our community for an earthquake by developing a public awareness product that will help lessen the aftermath of such an event.

After the presentation, students will

Day 2:
Teacher will explain the guidelines for working in research teams.  After posting group assignments, students will be directed to the student page of project.

(*) An alternative to having an earthquake survivor to come speak might be:

  • to have a local storyteller present a collection earthquake stories and myths. An example of stories for the SC low country is:
  • Bagwell, Joyce B. Low Country Quake Tales. Southern Historical Press, 1986.
  • Video from SCETV
  • Video or laser disc: "Predictable Disaster ? The Shaky Science of Forecasting Earthquakes", NOVA, Vestron Video, 1988.
  • (**) Web Pages:

    Possible views of Charleston earthquake destruction:
    Charleston Earthquake - photographs

    Other earthquake photographs:

    Natural Hazards Slides Vol. 1 - Earthquakes - General Topics: Main Menu - various earthquake photographs

    Natural Hazards Slides Vol. 2 - Earthquake Events: Main Menu - various earthquake photographs (con't.)

    Photographs - the San Francisco earthquake

    Earthquake Images - see photos of damage caused by earthquakes

    Wav file:
    Listening to Earthquakes - (USGS) Introduction and plug-ins  Listen
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    Pre-requisites:  Students prior knowledge will be assessed by a checklist of technology skills they have mastered and an earthquake pretest (online version).
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    Grouping:  Initial student grouping for brainstorming can be random.  Ultimately, groups will be based on student choice of medium fro group public awareness product (pamphlet, PowerPoint, video, web page).  Group will be limited to a maximum of 4 members.
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    Free FEMA Publications and Materials of Interest to Teachers and Parents

    To order, call 1-800-480-2520 during regular work hours on the East Coast.  Be prepared to give the publication code number.  In some cases, there may be restrictions on the number of copies available.

    Guidebook for Developing A School Earthquake Safety Program
    8-511 FEMA 088

    Seismic Sleuths - A Teacher's Package for 7 - 12 Grades
    0-122 FEMA 253

    Earthquake Safety Poster
    2-04 Poster 006
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    Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

    Author(s): Starr Bright, Theresa Owens, Lu Anne Smith
    School: Branchville High School, Orangeburg, SC
    Created: April 2, 2001 Updated: April 10, 2001