School Earthquake Preparedness for Educational Facilities

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Tarleton State University
Summary:This lesson helps students and educators prepare for an emergency, such as an earthquake. It identifies hazards in the classroom and school. Psychologically, people who know what to expect in a disaster and who have taken steps to prepare, are less likely to panic during and after a disastrous event. As an activity to go with this lesson, students can identify hazards in their classroom and in their school. They will use this information to plan emergency escape routes and plan how to reduce hazards. The activity focuses on earthquakes because earthquake preparedness means preparedness for all types of emergencies.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change; Structure and function; Systems and system models
Subjects: earthquake; geology; natural hazards; resources
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