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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906


  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts
  • Social Studies
    ----U.S. History


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Recognize the anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake (April 18) with this comprehension activity.



  • read for comprehension.
  • follow directions.
  • learn about the history of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.


earthquake, San Francisco, 1906, comprehension

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

This activity can be used as a comprehension activity in grades 4 and up. Invite student to read the story about The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

You might
  • photocopy the story so each student has a copy.
  • copy the story onto a transparency and use an overhead projector to display it for students to read on their own or together.
  • post a hard copy of the story in a learning center and let students cycle into the center during the week to complete the comprehension activity.
After reading story about The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, students should complete the story about The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 comprehension activity. (You might consider saving paper by presenting this follow-up activity as a transparency; let students write down the answers rather than circle them.)

At the upper grades you might even use this activity as a listening activity. Hand out a copy of the story about The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 comprehension activity. Let students read through it so they know the important information for which they will need to listen. Then tell them you are going to read aloud twice, slowly, a story about The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. They can answer the questions as they listen or after you have finished reading it aloud. You might read it through a third time so they can "polish up" their work.

Use the online resources below to share with students additional information and images about the "Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906":

The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
This resource was produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Great 1906 Earthquake And Fire
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco put together this resource.

The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
This resource comes from


Work sheet answers: 1.c, 2.c, 3.a, 4.c, 5.b, 6.a, 7.c, 8.b.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills

NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and Working together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-USH.5-12.7 Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

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Originally published 04/14/2006
Last updated 03/22/2010