In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about fast land changes, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and tsunamis. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Fast Land Changes topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Fast Land Changes
Storms can form out at sea and travel to land. But most storms dwindle away and never make it to land. The National Weather Service, various weather sites, and many local television and radio stations track storms and record how they move. Track a storm together and follow its path. Which direction is it moving? How strong are the winds? Where do you think the storm is going? How do you think scientists can track storms?
If possible, organize a fundraiser to help raise money or collect donated items to support disaster recovery. You may wish to hold a fundraiser or donation drive in response to a specific emergency, or you may want to hold an event during the year so you can donate before an emergency occurs. Your event will provide funds and needed items which will enable emergency relief organizations to react quicker.
Have your students research volcanic islands. Many can be found in the Ring of Fire, the area in the Pacific Ocean where many tectonic plates meet. Research pictures online. How are these islands different from other islands? What are the characteristics of volcanic islands? Would your students like to live on one? You may want to compare the Hawaiian Islands with islands like Sicily or Greenland or even Great Britain. How are they alike and different? Have students present their findings to the class. Some may want to give a PowerPoint presentation or slideshow, draw posters, or create guidebooks.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Fast Land Changes
Find out how your community prepares for floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. Then prepare your home for an emergency. This may include putting together a kit with bottles of water, flashlights, and a first aid kit. Many resources online suggest useful items that can go into a home kit for specific kinds of emergencies. You may also want to discuss who to contact or trust during an emergency, and keep a list of important names, phone numbers, and addresses.
The United States Geologic Survey keeps track of earthquakes that happen all over the world. Hop on their site and track earthquakes that have happened in the last hour, day, and week. The results may surprise you. Earthquakes happen practically every hour! Observe where they are happening. You may wish to use the USGS records with a map of Earth’s tectonic plates or fault lines in a particular area to see how they line up.