The massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has caused much devastation to this island nation. News and footage of the earthquake and its resulting damage can be seen all over 24 hour news programs and the Internet. Mobile phones capture photos and video and instantly make them available to the world. These images seen by children and young adults are sure to ignite many questions about the causes of these violent nature disasters. Create a teaching moment by offering up books and reliable web sites to answer their questions.
Here are a few recommended resources for children and young adults on earthquakes and tsunamis:
How Stuff Works: Eathquakes
USGS: Earthquakes for Kids
National Geographic: Forces of Nature
Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis: Projects and Principles for Beginning Geologists. Chicago Review Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-55652-801-9.
Great Shakes: The Science of Earthquakes. Compass Point, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7565-3947-4
The Hazardous Earth: Earthquakes, Plate Tectonics and Earthquake Hazards. Facts on File, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8160-6462-5.
How the World Works: A Hands-on Guide to Our Amazing Planet. Templar Books, 2010. ISBN 9780763648015.
Tsunamis. Bridgestone, 2005. ISBN 0-7368-5248-4.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes. Simon & Schuster, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4169-3862-0.
15 Mar 2011 12:26 PM