This is a fun, 34 page resource to help your students produce a research report on Earthquakes.This report template contains worksheets, organizers, tools and forms to use for your students to create, develop, write, edit, illustrate, present, and assess your students’ Earthquake Research Report. This report is also designed to not only to learn and explain the new information, but answer some higher level thinking questions (Common Core Essential Questions) to apply the knowledge they have learned. You can use this report template in its entirety, or “pick and choose” the questions that you wish to use and tailor it to your students’ needs. This package contains the following earthquake report elements:
1. Title Page- Templates Provided-Topic, student’s name, and teacher’s name) We created grayscale version if you can’t copy in color.
2. What is an earthquake?
3. There are three different types of faults; strike-slip, normal, and reverse (thrust) faults. Research them, describe them, and illustrate them.
4. Where do earthquakes occur and what are the relationships between plates, faults and earthquakes?
5. What is the Ring of Fire? Describe and illustrate.
6. What is liquefaction?
7. What are “P” waves and “S” waves?
8. What are aftershocks and foreshocks?
9. Can they currently be predicted? What current technology or research being done on this endeavor?
10. How are earthquakes measured and what is the Mercalli Scale of earthquake intensity?
11. How are tsunamis and earthquakes related?
12. Seismologists in California often discuss the probabilities of when “The Big One” will occur. Describe what they mean and why is it important?
13. The website “The United States Geological Survey” or usgs.gov, has real- time information about earthquakes. With permission from an adult, go onto this website and write about the information that can be found there.
14. Choose two major historical earthquakes that you are interested in and compare and contrast them. What are their similarities and differences?
15. If an 8.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in a major United States city tomorrow, what possible events could occur? Describe what you think the first day after the earthquake would be like.
16. How can people prepare for future earthquakes?
17. Make a poster to encourage people to be prepared for earthquakes and list the major things that people can do to prepare their homes and classrooms.
18. Blank paper to add to any of the questions if more room is needed.
19. Additional Information page for any other facts not discussed in other areas of the report if needed.
20. Make a poster to instruct people on how to prepare their home for earthquakes
21. How to research your report
22. Note taking bullet form template
23. Note taking lined form template
24. Resource pages and Bibliography Template
25. Student Checklist for editing and revising
26. Rubric for Performance Task Assessment
27. Common Core ELA Standard
28. Teacher Notes
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