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Explore our entire Earthquake exhibit: identify the Earth's layers, connect plate movement to biological evolution, and determine where your home lies on the fault-filled map of California.

Teacher Prep

This activity is a ready-made scavenger hunt that complements our exhibits. Just download, print, and make copies for your students! Don't forget to set the stage for the activity, and clarify any rules.

California Science Content Standards

Grade Six

Earth Sciences

  • 1a. Students know evidence of plate tectonics is derived from the fit of the continents; the location of earthquakes, volcanoes, and midocean ridges; and the distribution of fossils, rock types, and ancient climatic zones.
  • 1b. Students know Earth is composed of several layers: a cold, brittle lithosphere; a hot, convecting mantle; and a dense, metallic core.
  • 1c. Students know lithospheric plates the size of continents and oceans move at rates of centimeters per year in response to movements in the mantle.
  • 2d. Students know earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods change human and wildlife habitats.
Appropriate for: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
Standards for: 6th Grade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 40 minutes
Subjects: Constructing Explanations, Earth & Space Science, Scavenger Hunts
Exhibits: Earthquake