Our next activity was to recreate a tsunami. In a flat pan, the kids built up a sandy beach (sand, corn flour) and built little houses.
Then they added water and created an earthquake. It didn’t work when the kids hit the table with the bat, but when the table was given a good shake the tsunami hit
We looked at the photos later, they were really impressed! I explained that water often pulls back away from the beach during a tsunami right before the giant waves hit with full force!
We did this activity when the kids were quite little to help them understand how destructive tsunami’s can be. A number of years later, we covered Natural Disasters again. I made this Natural Disasters Packet with worksheets and hands-on activity ideas. It is currently free to download! It hasnotebook pages and worksheets as well as some hands-on activity ideas covering the following events:
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Earth Science Unit: In this unit, we talked about the layers of the Earth, latitude & longitude, tectonic plate movement (and did a couple of great hands-on activities related to that), earthquakes (we made an earthquake shake table), mountain making, volcanoes (we did a couple of fun hands-on activities) and more
Weather Packet (free)
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