AMP-IT-UP 6th Grade Earthquake Challenge


Module Summary: AMP-IT-UP - Shake and Break

Students engage as earth scientists to plot and analyze spatial and temporal earthquake data to help a company decide where to build its new cell phone manufacturing plant in northern California. The module covers basic concepts of seismology, plate tectonics, and the earth’s structure. An article on this module was featured in the Winter 2020 edition of The Earth Scientist and can be viewed here.

For Teachers:

Annotated Teacher Edition - The teacher edition of the Whale Challenge curriculum that has been annotated with notes and tips for teachers.
Prep Guide - Instructions on how to implement the module. Includes information about the standards that the module addresses and how to incorporate the 5E learning model.
Materials List - List of all materials that are needed for the module. List includes the cost and vendors of the materials.
Supply Check List - Spreadsheet used to check that all materials needed for the module are present.

For Students:

Student Edition - The module curriculum booklet for students.
Student Pages Packet - The worksheets that students will need to complete the module.
Earthquake Map 1 - Low resolution earthquake map 1.
Earthquake Map 2 - Low resolution earthquake map 2.

Earthquake Map 3 - Low resolution earthquake map 3.

Earthquake Map 4 - Low resolution earthquake map 4.

Earthquake Map 5 - Low resolution earthquake map 5.

Earthquake Map 6 - Low resolution earthquake map 6.

Earthquake Map 7 - Low resolution earthquake map 7.

Earthquake Map 8 - Low resolution earthquake map 8.

Earthquake Map 9 - Low resolution earthquake map 9.

All Earthquake Maps - Low resolution pdf of all the earthquake maps.



  1. Video - Earth Without Water - A simulation of removing water on the earth—shows deep trenches and mountains
  2. Video - Earthquake Samples - Video shows the damage from a 4.4 Earthquake, a 7.2 Earthquake, a 7.6 Earthquake, and a 9.0 Earthquake (Japan (Tsunami)).

Complete Set of Module Files:

Download a complete package of the module here