Information and Resources for Schools & Tsunami Curriculums (Washington, USA)

The Earthquake and Tsunami: Information and Resources for Schools (2012) document is based on concepts and materials from Washington State Tsunami Train-the-Trainer Program, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Plan, Earthquake/Tsunami Program Public Education Materials, Western States Seismic Policy Council, International Tsunami Information Center, National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, and Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction. This new publication is intended to replace the Kindergarten-to-Grade 12 Tsunami Curriculums found below.
Please visit the Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division's website for more information:

Earthquake and Tsunami:
Information and Resources for Schools
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 Unit 1: Earthquakes
 Unit 2: Understanding WA Earthquake Sources

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 Unit 3: Defining Tsunamis
 Unit 4: Pacific-Wide Tsunamis
 Unit 5: Tsunami Warning System in WA
 Unit 6: Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness

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 Unit 7: Learning Activities
 References: Glossary, References, About Authors

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The Tsunami Curriculums consist of two publications: (1) Kindergarten-to-Grade Six, and (2) Grade 7-12.  Each topic includes background reading, class and student activities along with exercise sheets that can be photocopied for distribution, and a teacher's guide explaining the lesson's goals and objectives. The Curriculums were published originally in hard copy by the Washington Military Department of the Emergency Management Division of Washington state, USA, but have been converted to electronic format by ITIC with their permission. Portions of the documents are based on the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency Tremor Troop and Seismic Sleuths Curriculums. Please visit the Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division's website for more information:

Kindergarten - Grade 12 curriculums
Grades K - 6
     PDF icon     2.96 MB Grades K-6 Tsunami Curriculum
Grades 7 - 12
     PDF icon     6.85 MB Grades 7-12 Tsunami Curriculum


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