The detailed procedures/activities can be found at this link.
1. Show this video titled Earthquake 101.
2. Pass out the Earthquake Journal page. Tell students they will use this to record new knowledge and observations throughout the lesson.
3. Discuss with the class what a civil engineer does, and how their job relates to buildings and earthquakes.
4. Pass out the marshmallows and toothpicks. These are the only materials they can use to build their structure.
5. Students should place their completed models on the pan of Jello. Next, tap the pans on the bottom to simulate the waves in an earthquake.
6. Students can redesign and rebuild as many times as they need, in order to build the best structure.
7. Students should draw their best structure in their science notebooks.
8. Have students work in pairs to partner read the following PBS article. As they read, students should answer any questions that they recorded in their science notebook as well as record any new vocabulary words they come across (such as tectonic plates, focus, epicenter, surface waves, body waves, P waves, S waves, aftershocks, seismograph, Richter scale) in the vocabulary section.
9. Have students complete their earthquake journal page.
10. Have a class discussion about their new knowledge and observations.