Lesson Plan Understanding Earthquakes: Learning from Kobe [National Geographic]
For grades 6-8. The purpose of this lesson is to understand earthquakes, using the case study of the 1995 earthquake in the port city of Kobe, Japan. In the first activity, students learn about causes and effects of earthquakes, and explore why some locations on Earth are more prone to earthquakes than others. In the second activity, students learn about the earthquake in Kobe and use it as a case study to understand earthquake cause, effect, recovery, and preparedness. Students learn about the devastation that the people of Kobe endured as a result of this force of nature. In the closing activity, students use their research on the Kobe earthquake to create an earthquake preparedness brochure.
Lesson Plan Can We Predict a Tsunami? [CIESE: The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology]
For grades 6-8. Students will learn that Japan has implemented an extensive program of building tsunami walls measuring up to 4.5 m (13.5 ft) in front of populated coastal areas. Other localities have built floodgates and channels to redirect the water from incoming tsunamis. Studentswill plan a tsunami warning system.