The topic of earthquakes came up back in August when we studied skyscrapers, then again in September as part of our disaster preparedness studies.  Since we live close to the New Madrid fault line, and the boys were interested, we took a bit of a detour from our regular lessons to focus on learning about earthquakes.  As to be expected when the boys pick the topic of study, it was fantastic.  Below are the online resources we used as we researched, experimented, and learned about earthquakes.

Earthquakes explained, facts, and information

Extensive list of earthquake related vocabulary words and their definitions

17 Bible references to “earthquakes”

Live Earthquake Map and Stats  From Around the World (Even now that our earthquake study is over, we’re still checking this site daily.  We’re amazed at the seismic activity that goes on everyday!)

Information about the most severe earthquakes on record past and present

I hadn’t planned on making a lapbook with this study, but Z asked if we could.  So of course we did, and it turned out wonderfully.  We made a few booklets on our own and printed off some of these resources too.   earthquake lapbook printables


Great “What To Do” video

“Deadliest Earthquake”  Documentary (B and I watched this together without the younger boys.  There’s some rather disturbing images shown.)   (Sorry, but the link doesn’t seem to be working, so you’ll have to “copy and paste” it)

Old Zoom video instructions of how to make a seismometer.   Ours turned out great!

And here’s printable instructions for the Zoom seismometer if you need them

Hands-on activities and projects.  One of these even involves Oreos!  Yes, I’ll buy Oreos in the name of “science”!

This interactive “Stop Disasters” game was tough!  We were set up as city managers and assigned the task of building, upgrading, and educating the people on safety. We were given 25 minutes to get our city in order before an earthquake hit.  The first time through the game, we were fired!  And that was the “easy” level!

We took this online earthquake quiz twice.  Once before our study and again when we were finished  (we did much better the second time)

And of course we had to find some earthquake jokes for J -

Q: What do cows produce during an earthquake?   A: Milkshakes!

Q: What did the ground say to the earthquake?    A: You crack me up!

Q: What is an Earthquakes favorite song?   A: “Shake, Rattle and Roll!”

Actually, not “Shake, Rattle and Roll” but this one was our song through our earthquake study   ((Sorry, but the link doesn’t seem to be working, so you’ll have to “copy and paste” it)

betty jo




October 2 marks the anniversary of the very first publication of Peanuts (1950)!  This is one of the October “special days” the kids were interested in.  Yeah, I’m interested, too.  I grew up on Peanuts.   Below are some resource links to follow as we learn and have fun with Peanuts.  

Charles Schultz biography and printables

Read Peanuts comic strips free online

Step by step instructions for how to draw Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other Peanuts characters

Blank Comic Strip Printables for making our own comics

The Peanuts  theme song

Printable Piano Sheet Music (beginner level) for Linus and Lucy

And in case you’re wondering, I am going to give this study credit for literature (winks), art, music, history, and creative writing.  We may get a PE credit too  –  football kicking and baseball pitching seem to go along with the whole Peanuts theme.

Good Grief!

betty jo

Learning Resources for October, 2014


October is always a favorite time of the year for my family.  It’s also a favorite month for learning!  October has a good variety of themes, foods, and daily historic events.  This link will take you to the list of Special Days in October, 2014

Below are the resource links to take you to special day studies we’ve done with our homeschooling through Octobers in the past.  I’ve also included some links that I’m thinking we’re about to use with this October’s lessons.

October Prayer Calendar Printable

October Writing Prompts

Octbricks  –  31 Days of Legos  –

Autumn and Halloween Background Lined Paper printables

Fall Themed Interactive Games  –

Bats! Cross curriculum resources   –

Fire Safety  –  A “Must Read” article   And,   Also,  Fire Facts

The Salem Witch Trials was one of our best studies last year.  Though not a “special day”, it was a nice tie in with a Halloweenish theme.  Also, this resource post has been one of the most popular posts I’ve put together.

Human Anatomy can be another Halloweenish theme.  Here’s some creative learning ideas

Crafts are great all year long, but the autumn ones are some of the best!

October offers some of the best “food themes” of the year!

Apples  –  Cross curriculum research project  –

Pumpkins  –  Here’s a “big ole’ list” of pumpkin themed resources  –

Candy  –  Play, Invent and Explore  –

Popcorn  –

Presidents Born in October:  (This link takes you to our family’s resources used for studying any president.

  • Oct. 1    –  Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Oct. 4    –  Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Oct. 5    –  Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Oct. 14  –  Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Oct. 27  –  Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Oct. 30  –  John Adams born 1735

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Oct. 4  –  Fall Astronomy Day  This link takes you to my “go to” site for all things astronomy.

Oct. 11  –  Elenore Roosevelt born 1884  –  Here’s a nice short biography, reading comprehension quizzes and language arts printables

Oct. 13  –  Columbus Day  –  Resources and Printables

Oct. 15  –  Poetry Day  –  Homeschool Poetry Resource List  –    And, since October is at times spooky and odd,  here’s a link to study guides, summaries, and quizzes to Edgar Allen Poe’s Poetry      Also, here’s a research guide and resources for a Poe Study

Oct. 16  –  Noah Webster born 1758 and Dictionary Day (this site has much more than a dictionary!  You’ll find games, Webster biography, language history, daily buzz words, and a way to add your own made up word to a dictionary!)

Oct. 16  –  World Food Day  –  Photo Collection What the World Eats

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Oct. 20 –  Monster Mash Day  –  The Monster Mash song is the first one on this  Youtube Halloween song playlist     And, these kids can teach you the dance moves!

Oct. 22 –  Daniel Boone born 1734  (We’ll definitely be playing the pioneer games again. They were awesome and they were outside!)

Oct. 30  –  Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 1938  –  Read an article and listen to the recording here

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I’ll be posting some other resource links as our studies for October develop.  I’m thinking owls and perhaps spiders.  Haunted places and monsters are being considered, too.  What are some of your October themed lesson plans?  And got links?

Happy October Learning

betty jo