Utah Lesson Plans
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Upper Elementary, Middle School
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This resource is a Science student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale’s Science in Context  - to help students learn about earthquakes. 

About Utah’s Online Library

Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


Essential Question: How do earthquakes shape and form the surface of the Earth?

What is the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics? Explain what hypocenter and epicenter mean in terms of an earthquake. Create a diagram of an earthquake that includes the inner core, outer core, mantle, and crust of the Earth. Explain earthquakes in terms of seismic energy and seismic waves. How can earthquakes change landforms?  What do geologists use to measure earthquake activity? Can scientists predict when earthquakes will occur? How can we minimize damage from earthquakes?  Map the major earthquake faults in Utah.

Utah's Online Library contains resources and answers for all of these earthquake queries and more. Gale’s Science in Context database is full of reliable, current, and relevant earthquake information. Students will find magazine articles, academic journals, websites, statistics, newspaper articles, images, and videos----all about earthquakes.

Remember to steer your students to Utah's Online Library for science assignments and research.

Curriculum Connections: 

SEEd - 5th Grade
SEEd - 8th Grade