Earthquakes for Middle School Lesson 1

Rated 5 out of 5, based on 2 reviews
2 Ratings
Mike in the Middle School
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
Formats Included
  • PDF
40 pages
Share this resource
Report this resource to TPT
Mike in the Middle School
Also included in
  1. Students will enjoy this bundle of hybrid lesson activities that allow them to learn both in a face to face and online format. Teachers will find a wealth of resources that will allow them to customize each activity to their classroom. All lessons are recorded, so you can do live discussion or fli
    Price $52.20Original Price $58.00Save $5.80
  2. Earthquakes are an exciting topic for middle school science students. This bundle will provide all the resources your need to teach face to face, online, or in a blended learning format. Included in this rich resource are lessons on:Lesson 1: Introducing Earthquakes and FaultsLesson 2: Seismic Waves
    Price $20.25Original Price $22.50Save $2.25


Introduce your students to Earthquakes with this 40 page NO PREP, flexible lesson resource for middle school. Begin the lesson by constructing a simple penny bridge using paper and tape. Students test their structures till failure. Using this as the background to learn about forces, they will connect these ideas to plate tectonics and Earthquakes. Follow the lesson with editable incomplete notes or interactive notebook pages. If you prefer to use online resources, this lesson is also screencast so kids can watch as a flipped lesson. The presentation and student notes are completely editable, which allows you to customize your experience. A complete teacher guide with Google Drive links is included. Review with a Quizizz interactive practice or use our short answer and discussion prompts to dig deeper. Quickly meet your IEP accommodations using this lesson supports (be sure to note this in your gradebook for your protection).

 NOTE: This lesson is designed and tested for a mainstreamed middle school science classroom of 24 students meeting daily for 40 minutes. The teacher will find lesson materials for direct instruction, reinforcement and homework.

Concepts covered in this lesson



Seismic Waves


Dip Angle

Strike Slip

Normal Faults

Reverse Faults


Kinetic Energy

Included in this package

Recorded Lesson Presentation Link

Editable Lesson Notes

Editable Lesson Presentation

Google Interactives

Lesson Plans

Interactive Notebook Page

Short Answer and Discussion Editable Worksheets

Sharable links and video file

Teacher Help Videos

Want to learn more? Click on the green "Preview" button above!

You may also enjoy:

Lesson 1: Continental Drift

Lesson 2: Seafloor Spreading

Lesson 3: Earths Layers

Feedback & Followers

Did you know that you can receive credit towards future TpT purchases by reviewing this product? If you enjoy this product, please leave a review at the product page or through “My Purchases” under “My Account” at TpT. Ratings make the TpT world go round. :)

You can also follow me for the latest news on products and sales.

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you!





Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
Report this resource to TPT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TPT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.


Questions & Answers


TPT empowers educators to teach at their best.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up