Earthquake in the Classroom

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5
Organization:Teach Engineering
Summary:Students learn how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by building their own structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students test how earthquake-proof their buildings are by testing them on an earthquake simulated in a pan on Jell-O. Students also develop an appreciation for the job of engineers who need to know about earthquakes and their causes in order to design resistant buildings.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: activities; common core; earthquake; elementary school; engineering; geology; hazards; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; natural hazards; ngss
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