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Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Earthquakes.

  • Earthquakes New Zealand –Teacher Resource

    This teacher resource introduces a series of activities to help students understand about earthquakes in New Zealand, including why we get them and how we measure them.

  • World of quakes – Student Activity

    In this activity, students take on the roles of seismologists and vulcanologists, using maps to look for patterns in the worldwide distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes.

  • Plates and quakes – Student Activity

    In this activity, students take on the roles of seismologists, vulcanologists and geographers, using maps to look for patterns in the worldwide distribution of earthquakes, volcanoes and topographic features.

  • Shaky New Zealand – Student Activity

    In this activity, students use maps to plot a graph of earthquakes under New Zealand to show the shape of the North Island subduction zone and compare this to the distribution of earthquakes in the South Island.

  • New Zealand plate boundary models – Student Activity

    In this activity, students make and/or observe two 3D moving models of the different tectonic plate boundaries under the North and South Islands representing the North Island subduction zone and the South Island Alpine Fault.

  • Earthquake location – Student Activity

    In this activity, students are introduced to some of the methods scientists use to record earthquakes. They obtain data from tables and graphs, carry out simple calculations and draw results on a map.

  • Earthquake intensity – Student Activity

    In this activity, students study damage descriptions from earthquakes and allocate a Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) number.

  • Earthquakes past and future – Student Activity

    In this activity, students use data on historical earthquakes to identify when and where they occurred and make predictions about future earthquakes.

  • Best base isolator – Student Activity

    In this activity, students use a physical model to investigate the effectiveness of different properties for base isolators.

  • Something creepy is happening – Student Activity

    In this activity, students explore tectonic movements called slow slips. They plot and interpret a graph using data from an actual event in New Zealand.

  • Unit plan: Earthquakes – Unit Plans and Planning

    This teacher resource along with the Science Learning Hub context Earthquakes is designed to help primary school teachers improve students’ understanding about what causes earthquakes and how we can protect ourselves.