Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

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"What Would it Feel Like to Live Through the 1906
San Francisco Earthquake?"
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Overview

Grade Level: 3

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: English/Language Arts
Secondary: Technology, Reading, History/Social Science

Topic:
1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Themes:
courage, disaster, fear, geology

Duration:
2 months
Summary
Students will ultimately understand how it felt to live through the 1906 earthquake by using their five senses to describe how things felt, smelt, looked, sounded, and even tasted. Additionally. in the chaos of the total destruction of San Francisco, anarchy broke out. Looters were everywhere. Some people came to the rescue of others, some people took advantage of the situation to quickly enrich themselves. Using Hyperstudio as a presentation tool, students will explain how people reacted in positive and negative ways to this disaster.

Rationale
Great disasters bring out the best and worst in people. We find out what kind of person we really are when we're faced with danger and uncertainty. This unit will help students understand how and why people reacted the way they did to the distruction of their city. Students will gain empathy for the people who really lived through it, and gain perspectives on why people behave as they do.