Shake Things Up: Additional Educator Resources

Use these resources to support your teaching of the unit: Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake Resistant Buildings

Educator Resources


Peter Haas: Haiti's Disaster of Engineering

This TED Talk, presented by Peter Haas, explores engineering concerns in Haiti, and what his organization has done to support rebuilding. (8:26)

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

The U.S. Geographical Survey Earthquake Hazards Program offers many resources for kids. Earthquake science and history is presented through animations and puzzles.

USGS Building Codes

The U.S. Geographical Survey Earthquake Hazards Program briefly explains building codes and how they are used locally and internationally.

USGS Latest Earthquakes Map

The U.S. Geographical Survey provides a map of the world (zoom out to see more than the U.S.) showing earthquakes occurring in real time. Location, time, and magnitude are provided.



Earthquakes 101

National Geographic explores earthquakes, describing the frequency and the cause of earthquakes, and what engineers can do to protect cities. (2:40)

Earthquakes by Claire and Nisha

DragonFlyTV's kid hosts, Claire and Nisha, talk about earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area. They go to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley to learn more about earthquakes, then explore areas along the Hayward and San Andreas Faults. (7:00)



USGS: Earthquake Science Explained

This printable USGS booklet offers ten articles appropriate for kids in grades 4-6. The articles cover seismograms, liquefaction, how to make roads and buildings safer, and more.

Kid inventors win big with a sign in the sky

By Bethany Brookshire for Science News for Students. The Brain Busters, from Sherborn, Mass., invented a high-flying sign to post alerts during a natural disaster. Recommended for reading at 3–5 grade level.

Thirst for water moves and shakes California

By Stephen Ornes for Science News for Students. In California's Central Valley, removing groundwater to irrigate crops may trigger small earthquakes and uplift nearby mountains. Recommended for reading at 3–5 grade level.


By National Geographic Kids. This information page shows pictures of earthquake damage, gives facts, and briefly discusses the cause and effects of earthquakes. Recommended for reading at 3–5 grade level.

An Earthquake Rocks Chile

By Kelli Plasket for Time for Kids. Time for Kids provides many articles about earthquakes occurring all over the world. This particular article covers the earthquake in Chile in 2014. Recommended for reading at 3–5 grade level.

The quake that shook up geology

By Beth Geiger for Science News for Students. A huge earthquake in Alaska 50 years ago triggered a shift in what geologists know about Earth. Recommended for reading at 3–5 grade level.



Earthquake Games

By Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori. Where do volcanoes and earthquakes come from? Are we ever going to know when and where they will strike? The answers to these and other questions are given in this fascinating book that includes a series of simple-to-follow games and experiments for young readers. (116 pages) Recommended for reading at 4-6 grade level. Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books. ISBN: 0-689-81367-8