Earth Events that Change the Earth!


Welcome to the Earth Events WebQuest! Since we have been learning so much about Earth events and how they change the Earth, you will be completing some activities about the different Earth events.


As you learn more in the WebQuest, you will complete the graphic organizer linked below.


With a partner, you will learn more about the Earth events. As you discover new information, you will fill out the graphic organizer. Make sure to utilize all materials on this WebQuest including the text, video, article, and game!


What are the different Earth events that cause Earth to change?

Earthquake: the shaking of the Earth’s surface

Volcano: landform created when molten rock erupts through Earth’s surface

Erosion: rock is broken down by rain, snow, ice, or wind and the bits of rock are carried away

Landslide: huge amounts of rock, dirt, and/or water slide down a hill

Glacier: slowly moving mass of ice


Each of the Earth events do change the Earth. But how? Watch the video below to learn more. 

Make sure to document the information you have learned from the video in your graphic organizer!


For further information on Earthquakes, read the following article. *HINT* This might help you with the activity you have to complete once you turn in the graphic organizer!

For extra practice, challenge yourself to complete the game below. Make sure to answer the questions carefully! If you answer a question wrong, you will be moved back!


Now that you have completed the WebQuest, bring me your graphic organizer all filled out with your partner.

Next you will work together to complete the Google Quiz located below.

Now that you have completed the quiz, you will get to test out your knowledge some more! Come to my table and let me know you completed the quiz. I will give you a shake-table earthquake model and some cubes. You will have the rest of the class to try and make a structure with on the model that will survive the earthquake shake test. 


Congratulations! You have leaned so much about the different Earth events that change the Earth. Great learning!


Changes on the Earth's surface game for 2nd grade kids. (n.d.). Retrieved March 13, 2023, from… 


Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. (n.d.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved March 13, 2023, from 


Our ever-changing earth: Quick or slow events: Mightyowl Science 2nd Grade. YouTube. (2021, October 29). Retrieved March 13, 2023, from

Teacher Page



Performance Expectation: 

  • Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.

Clarification Statement: 

  • Examples of events and timescales could include volcanic explosions and earthquakes, which happen quickly, and erosion of rocks, which occurs slowly.

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 

  • The History of Planet Earth: Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe. (LE.ESS1C.a)
  • Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems:Asking questions, making observations, and gathering information are helpful in thinking about problems. (ETS.LE.1A.b)

Science and Engineering Practices: 

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information in K–2 builds on prior experiences and uses observations and texts to communicate new information.
    • Obtain information using various texts, text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons), and other media that will be useful in answering a scientific question and/or supporting a scientific claim.

Cross-cutting Concepts: 

  • Stability and Change: Things may change slowly or rapidly.