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Earthquakes for Kids

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AB Earthquakes

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Our earthquakes for kids in the early elementary grades is an introduction to earthquakes and why they occur.  Our activity book contains 15 mini-lessons. Here is examples of some of the information covered in the activity book. Children learn how P waves and S waves look traveling through the Earth They also learn about the San Andreas Fault, which is the border between the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate. Another mini-lesson is on seismographs and how they record ground movement when the Earth is vibrating.

Kids science activities

Our Earthquakes activity book contains kids science activities that follow the mini-lesson. Examples of some of the fun activities in the book include creating a Pizza of the Earth, creating Rock Blocks, and making a Tin Can Seismograph.  Students who do lots of science activities while learning basic science concepts continue to love science as they mature. Science should always be fun and exciting for young students and our kids science activities are designed to keep kids interested in science.

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Earthquakes for kids

Earthquakes for kids are startling events that can happen anywhere here on Earth. Almost all earthquakes occur in zones that surround the major crustal plates where the plate movement causes energy to build up in rocks which is released when the rocks break creating earthquake waves. The earthquake waves travel in all directions away from the focus of the earthquake where the rocks originally broke. Every earthquake produces P waves and S waves that travel through the body of the Earth. Large earthquakes produce also Love waves and Rayleigh waves that travel on the surface of the Earth.

Fun science for kids

The materials used in this activity book are usually easy to find around the house or at a local store. It is always a good idea to look over the materials needed for the activities in a science book to see if you can recycle some materials to use with an activity.For example, recycled Styrofoam packaging have been used to make fault blocks and to show plate movement.  

Over the years I found that keeping a plastic tubs filled with recycled materials like empty cottage cheese cartons, used plastic forks, tin cans, etc. saved a lot of money and helped the environment.

Preschool science activities

Preschool students love the simple activities in this book. They learn the difference how P waves and S waves that are produced by every earthquake using a rope and slinky. Students learn about the different layers of the Earth by creating a Pizza of the Earth. They create the different layers using olives, mushrooms, pepperoni and a pizza crust.

Elementary science activities

Metric units are the standard used throughout the world. I like to teach these units by referencing them to money. A centimeter is similar to one cent. It takes 100 cents to make a dollar and 100 centimeters to make a meter. Then students measure the length of their feet, fingers, arm span, height, etc. They can start a mini-book that they record how much they have grown each year rather than just measuring their height.

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