Nepal Gorkha Earthquake

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This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. It is designed to reinforce core science subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and character education skills and concepts.

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2015 Nepal Gorkha Earthquake Damage Photo
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OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson for 6th, 7th or 8th-grade Earth Science by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and character education skills.  

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students can choose one of 3 work products to submit or present:

  • A news report on how Kathmandu has been rebuilt in the 2 years following the quake
  • Report to the USGS or other NGO on the necessity for changes to construction practices in earthquake zones
  • Presentation to a community group or civic organization about the importance of raising money for disaster relief efforts

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have studied the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • Plate tectonics, fault formation, seismic waves
  • Earthquake construction, Richter scale
  • Disaster preparedness and response (suggested)

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access
  • Google Classroom/Drive/Apps
  • Smartphone/tablet
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STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following NGSS earth science curriculum standards:

  • MS-ESS2-2, Earth Systems
  • MS-ESS3-2, Earth and Human Activity

 

 

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