Grade 4 Module 4
Earthquake Engineering

Curriculum framework:
Earthquake Engineering

Students will learn:

How can engineering help make earthquakes less dangerous?


Module Overview

Earthquakes can strike without warning, bringing massive destruction, but knowing where they happen can help reduce the damage caused.


Students will use an interactive to explore the Earth and investigate where earthquakes happen, collecting and analyzing data to identify patterns. They will find out what makes a strong and stable structure, and use this knowledge to design and build their own earthquake-proof buildings.


Using an earthquake shake table, they will then test their structures and, like real civil engineers, refine their designs before the final build.

Video: Earthquake Engineering Module Trailer

Teacher Instructional Material

Ensuring teachers have the tools at hand to make sure every student can experience the wonders of science in the classroom.

  • Teacher Editions lesson guides that are accessible, comprehensive, and versatile.

  • Professional Learning background and subject knowledge guides that unpack science content into quick and easy sections of information for teachers.

  • Assessment Overview that provides flexible informal, diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to monitor student growth and progress.


Overview and teacher lesson guide

Background and subject knowledge

Assessment Overview

Digital resources for students and classroom

Digital interactives

Observational, curriculum and contextual video content

Video: Why Earthquakes Happen

Video: Building Loads

Video: Earthquakes Around the World

Video: LAX Engineer

Video: Edison

Printed and digital resources for students

Student Twig Book
Students can communicate what they have learnt within their Twig Book


Levelled Readers

Readers that help support literacy skills through STEM learning


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Sparks Energy, Inc.

Curriculum framework: Renewable Energy

Students will learn: How do people produce and transfer energy for their use?

Time-Travelling Tour Guides

Curriculum framework: Sculpting Landscapes

Students will learn: How have weathering and erosion sculpted some of Earth’s most interesting landscapes?

Super Survivors

Curriculum framework: Animal Senses

Students will learn: How do the many parts of my body work together to help me live in the world?

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