Tsunamis & Earthquakes (Special Edition)

March 11th, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Friday, March 11, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

SPECIAL EDITION:  Because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, instead of a Virtual Field Trip, this issue of ClickSchooling offers information about natural disasters including what causes them and emergency preparedness. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster.

Age Range: 5-18 (varies; with parental guidance)

Recommended Websites:

PBS: Savage Seas – This site offers a tsunami simulator that allows you to create a virtual ocean wave. You’ll also find facts and information on tsunamis, freak waves, trade winds, and more.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – Offers information on disasters and disaster preparedness for children (about ages 6-12) including:

Earthquakes for Kids – Learn the science of earthquakes, the history of earthquakes, get the latest earthquake information worldwide, see animations, and learn how to become a geologist and/or an earthquake scientist.


International Tsunami Information Centre – Offers several educational resources including:

*The Great Waves – A  free, downloadable, 12-page booklet that explains what a tsunami is, how fast and how big they can be, what causes them, and describes programs undertaken to mitigate this hazard, including the development of tsunami warning centers, and safety rules describing what to do when a tsunami strikes your coastline. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.

*K-12 Tsunami Curriculum – These downloadable publications are divided into two grade ranges (Kindergarten-to-Grade Six, and Grades 7-12). Each topic includes information, activities with exercise sheets, and a teacher’s guide.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers the following information: *Tsunami Warning Brochure for Kids

I hope this information brings great understanding about these natural disasters.

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1 comment

  1. Annie says:

    Perfect timing! Thank you for these wonderful resources. My son and I will have a lot of fun with these.

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