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Greetings. This earthquake kit is set up to help teach about the basics of earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. It contains specific activities along with several additional resources, which also contain earthquake-oriented activities. We have tried to boil down the vast amount information available and both focus it on the Pacific Northwest and relate it to the traveling study kit for The Big One .

You will find three binders in the kit: Shake, Rattle, and Roll, Tremor Troop, and Movers and Shakers . Shake, Rattle, and Roll contains our curriculum, oriented toward middle school and elementary age students. We have not separated it out by ages. The projects can be adapted to different ages, depending upon how much background a teacher wants to include. It also includes a reference section with a glossary, annotated list of books and videos, web sites of interest, and the EALRs related to this project.

Tremor Troop is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that thoroughly addresses earthquakes and related issues. Lessons are divided between k-2, 3-4, and 5-6.

Movers and Shakers is a State Farm Insurance kit that addresses safety issues of earthquakes and earthquake preparedness.

We have tried to supplement this kit with outside sources and background information. While not essential, access to the Internet will provide many more sources. We have also included links to get up-to-date information on earthquakes around the world.

It should take about 40 minutes to read through the background material in this kit.

Copyright note: Prepared by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to accompany The Big One traveling exhibit. Please only duplicate illustrations, worksheets, or other part of this curriculum for classroom use.

Editor: David B. Williams

Scientific Advisor: Elizabeth Nesbitt, Curator of Paleontology, Burke Museum

Additional Information Provided by : Chris Jonientz-Trisler, FEMA; Harold Mofjeld, Pacific Marine Laboratory; Ruth Pelz, Education Planner, Burke Museum; Ruth Ludwin, Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network; Bill Steele, Seismology Lab Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network

Funding Provided by: State Farm Insurance Companies, Regional Headquarters, DuPont, Washington & Salem, Oregon

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