1. The Big One - Logistics

5-10 min earthquake demo
35-45 min computer research
45-50 min present research, plot on large map, look for patterns



  • 2 pieces of Plexiglas
  • scotch tape
  • Optional: Monopoly houses and game pieces
  • Computers with internet access
  • Copy of “The Big One” handout for each student
  • Copy of the “Big Quake Dates” sheet, cut into strips with one time period on each strip
  • Large world map, preferably laminated or coated so that removable sticky dots can be easily applied then removed after the activity.
  • 1 package 1/4” to 1/2” removable color dots (available in most stationary stores and drug stores for labeling maps and documents, each package usually contains 4 colors of dots: red, yellow, green and blue)

Computer lab