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Some of what we learned from our reading this week.

  • Earthquakes happen everyday somewhere in the world.
  • Earthquakes are caused when tectonic plates move.
  • Some earthquakes can destroy houses, bridges, and buildings.
  • Most earthquakes last less than 30 seconds.

Here are some thoughts after our earthquake activity.

I learned to secure the walls and floors. If you don’t then it might fall. Mine did not fall, I was a survivor. I saw some disasters and ones that weren’t disasters. I saw some with no structure and some with structure.


Today we did a project using only marshmallows and toothpicks. During this project I’ve learned roofs collapse easy, and you will need wall and floor foundations.  I’ve observed that square figures work best for the structure’s foundation.


I wonder if my structure would have stayed up if I used support beams?


Have you ever felt an earthquake?!

Author: Mrs. Moore

3rd grade teacher in Arizona, USA

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  1. A great timely project ! I remembering studying plate tectonics in a college geology course. Building a strong structure with marshmallows and toothpicks is quite a challenge ! Ever try soaking dried peas to use instead of tempting tasty squishy marshmallows ? ??

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