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Earthquakes Unit NGSS 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2 and 4-ESS1-1

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4th - 5th, Homeschool
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Earthquake Unit for 4th and 5th grade. Students will analyze maps to learn about Earth's features. Students will compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. Students will love learning about Earthquakes and the science behind them. Includes over 90 pages and slides!

This resource includes:

  • hands-on activities
  • lab pages
  • map work
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • five pages of informational text passages
  • comprehension pages
  • a slide show
  • a WebQuest
  • sorting cards
  • QR code research
  • worksheets
  • answer keys!
  • quiz

This unit integrates ELA and science in meaningful ways.

This resource addresses the following standards for NGSS:

NGSS 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.

4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.*

This resource is also aligned with Utah SEEd

Standard 5.1.1 Analyze and interpret data to describe patterns of Earth’s features.

Standard 5.1.5

Design solutions to reduce the effects of naturally occurring events that impact humans.

Concepts are aligned with NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas from Earth's History, Earth’s Materials and Systems, Human Impacts on Earth's Systems, Plate Tectonics, and Large-Scale System Interactions, Natural Hazards, Designing Solutions to Engineering Problems.

There are five pages of informational text passages! This unit is aligned with CCSS for Reading Informational Text for 4th grade, making this an integrated unit on earthquakes. The passages are also aligned with Utah Core standards for reading informational text.

This resource has 90 pages altogether and should take about two weeks to complete. Answer keys are included.

Created by Lynda R. Williams

Teaching Science with Lynda

Students will love all the interesting activities.

Science Concepts Included:

Plate Boundaries

Plate Tectonics

Earthquake Faults

Earthquake Damage



San Andreas Fault

Normal Fault

Reverse Fault

Strike-Slip Fault

Making an Argument from evidence

Seismic Waves

Interpreting Data From Maps


Design Thinking

Making Inferences

How earthquakes can change the Earth’s features

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For NGSS 4th Grade

Next Generation Science Standards

and for 5th Grade Utah SEEd

Please see some of my other resources for 4th Grade NGSS:

Fossil Unit NGSS 3-LS-4 and 4-ESS1-1

Circuit Electricity Complete STEM Science Unit

Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1

Using Patterns to Transmit Information

Plate Tectonics Close Read and Lab NGSS-4-ESS2-2 and 4-ESS1-1a>

Total Pages
94 slides and pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. Examples of solutions could include designing an earthquake resistant building and improving monitoring of volcanic activity. Assessment is limited to earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. Maps can include topographic maps of Earth’s land and ocean floor, as well as maps of the locations of mountains, continental boundaries, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock. Assessment does not include specific knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation or memorization of specific rock formations and layers. Assessment is limited to relative time.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


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