Making Learning Relevant and an Earthquake

We were sitting around the living room eating our brunch this morning when we felt a long rumble and the floor shaking. Initially we thought it was a car with their music blaring or a big truck at the nearby intersection because those things  make our floors shake too.

Within 20 minutes I got a notice through my email from the local newspaper that we had indeed had an earthquake. Then I went on to check other respected resources for details.

The plans for the afternoon went out the window and we turned our attention to discussions of earthquakes and then earthquake preparedness.

Our science for next week has also been adjusted. We were going to study Our Planet Earth later in the year, but we are going to fast track that and study the unit on Mountains and Movements over the next week or two. 
our planet earth
mountains and movementI am learning to be flexible when plans don’t go as I wanted them to. I really want learning to be relevant to my children and the only way to do that is to seize the moment.
What do you do when learning doesn’t happen as you planned? 


The recent earthquakes and the tsunami warnings have prompted some learning on the fly around our house. We were interested as a family to discover more information.

Our first question was, “What type of earthquake was it?” So we went to Google to discover the answer. There were lots of resources, but this was the most specific.

What type of earthquake hit Chile?

Armed with the above information, we searched for more details about that type of earthquake. Here is a web page that explains the various types of earthquakes.

Plate Tectonics

If you want to take a bit of time and study earthquakes in more detail, you can check out the resources below:

More information about the Chilean earthquake:

Massive earthquake hits Chile, 147 dead

Earthquakes and Tsunami Warnings!

I read yesterday that there had been an earthquake in Japan. I asked Elisha to look it up for me (early this morning) and see if there was any more news. When he looked up the earthquake in Japan, he discovered that there had been an even bigger earthquake in Chile. After breakfast I was looking up more information on the Chilean earthquake only to discover that the B.C. coast under tsunami warning after massive Chilean earthquake. After further reading, I discovered that there were also tsunami warnings for Hawaii, Japan, and even Russia.

If you haven’t heard about the earthquakes and tsunami warnings, you might be interested in the following links with more information:

If you have any resources to add to the list or thoughts to share, please leave a comment.

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