Understanding the causes of earthquakes

This lesson is designed for KS2 students. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of two wider units which are available on Teach It Forward:

First the presentation looks at how the Earth’s crust is split into tectonic plates. It then examines the causes of earthquakes, how they occur at the fault lines between tectonic plates and what the hypocentre and epicentre of an earthquake are.

There are three different activities to choose from which can be done in Geography and/or Literacy lessons. These include:

Quiz Activity
Students watch a video clip about earthquakes and answer comprehension questions about it. This is differentiated two ways.

Cloze Procedure Activity
Students fill in the blanks in an explanation text about earthquakes. This is differentiated two ways.

Writing Activity
Student write an explanation text about earthquakes. This is differentiated three ways and comes with vocabulary and sentence starter prompts.

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This product is available as part of the bundle: Volcanoes & Earthquakes - KS2 Earthquakes - KS2

4 reviews for Understanding the causes of earthquakes

  1. R Crapper

    This is a well thought out and differentiated lesson. Thank you very much.

  2. Luke Shone

    Great resource, my Year 4’s loved it!

  3. Sally S.

    Another great resource for my class. Thank you.

  4. Stefanie Briggs

    Brilliant resource and set of lessons! My Year 5s have really loved it!

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