Monday, February 7, 2011

Earth Science: Plate Movement, Earthquakes

We looked a bit more closely at what happens at fault lines where slight shifts in the crust cause earthquakes.

First the kids all made their own layered crust. ED especially enjoyed this!

Then we placed an index card in a larger container and created layers on both sides of the paper.

We moved the index card back and forth and watched as the grains of rice shifted and moved.

The kids really found it fascinating to see how much the rice shifted around. Of course, as you can imagine, the earthquakes became a bit violent as they moved the index card back and forth. We had to reinsert the card a couple of times.

Every few years, we circle around to cover basic material again. You may be interested in the Earth Science Unit we did more recently -- and be sure to check out our Earth Science Unit Study Packet It includes worksheets about the solar system, the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics, the ring of fire, earthquake activity and volcanoes. I also included more than a dozen hands-on activities we did with this unit including activities about plate tectonics, using a compass, earthquakes, volcanoes, instructions on how to make a shake table and more!

Find out more by visiting this post over at our new location: Earth Science Packet

Or you can purchase it by clicking on the link below: 

Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window).  You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use) TO YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS, which will have a link you can click on to download the Earth Science unit. Be sure to check your Spam folder as well.  (The email will say, "You can download your digital products..." with a clickable link.)  Of course, if you have any issues just email me at -- liesl at homeschoolden dot com.  You can also reach me by using the contact form on the blog or can reach me over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.

Remember, you do not have to have a Paypal account to make a payment. Just click on the line that says, "Pay with a debit or credit card or PayPal credit." That gives you the option of paying with a credit card even if you don't have an actual Paypal account.
If you have any trouble with your order, please contact me (Liesl)  via email -- liesl at homeschoolden dot com -- or via our contact page, by replying to the email you receive from Sendowl, or by leaving a message over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.~Liesl


Hope you visit our new location at (the links above take you there!) or come visit us at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page. :) ~Liesl


  1. Wonderful idea to use the rice!


  2. I love this rice idea to help students see what happens. Did you use food coloring or markers?

  3. We used food dye. We did this activity again this year (2017) when we were talking about the Rock Cycle and used bright food dyes. It turned out really well. You can see those photos here: ~Liesl