The Ultimate Resources For Learning about Oklahoma Earthquakes

2011 Oklahoma earthquake damage
“2011 Oklahoma earthquake damage” by Brian Sherrod, United States Geological Survey – United States Geological Survey Multimedia Gallery. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Having grown up in Oklahoma, I had never felt an earthquake until 2001 in Tulsa. While Oklahoma had experienced earthquakes prior to that time, they were few and far between, and too small for most people to feel. Today though, we experience dozens of earthquakes in a day, with many of them large enough to cause damage.

Check out the resources below to help your students learn about this recent phenomena.



Scientific Reports



Lesson Ideas

  • For bellwork, as students to write about their personal experiences with Oklahoma earthquakes
  • Share your personal experiences with earthquakes in Oklahoma, or earthquakes in general
  • Ask students to share the personal experiences with Oklahoma earthquakes from their bellwork
  • Watch videos and discussion causes of earthquakes
  • Read articles discussing earthquake causes and responses
  • Ask students to find more resources and write an argumentative essay about how to prevent Oklahoma earthquakes
  • Ask students to write a short story about their personal experience with earthquakes
  • Ask students to evaluate the evidence related to fracking and Oklahoma earthquakes

If you know of more resources for learning about Oklahoma earthquakes, please share them in the comments below.

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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