Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Fast Land Changes topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Be Prepared

Find out how your community prepares for floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. Then prepare your home for an emergency. This may include putting together a kit with bottles of water, flashlights, and a first aid kit. Many resources online suggest useful items that can go into a home kit for specific kinds of emergencies. You may also want to discuss who to contact or trust during an emergency, and keep a list of important names, phone numbers, and addresses.


The United States Geologic Survey keeps track of earthquakes that happen all over the world. Hop on their site and track earthquakes that have happened in the last hour, day, and week. The results may surprise you. Earthquakes happen practically every hour! Observe where they are happening. You may wish to use the USGS records with a map of Earth’s tectonic plates or fault lines in a particular area to see how they line up.