When the Earth rumbles

When the Earth rumbles is a teaching guide produced by La main à la pâte.

It was translated from the original book Quand la Terre gronde published in France in 2012. The La main à la pâte foundation thanks the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) for their translation.


When the Earth rumbles offers to primary and lower secondary school teachers a complete program for studying natural disasters, particularly volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, with the aim of helping children around the world to study, understand, and self-guard from natural hazards.


The core of the module consists of 4 sequences, each developed in a number of sessions:

  • Sequence 1: Volcanoes
  • Sequence 2: Earthquakes
  • Sequence 3: Tsunamis
  • Sequence 4: My county in the face of risks


Please consider that this project was originally designed for French classes, so it includes global references but also some local French-contextualized references about earthquakes and volcanoes. These are examples and teachers are encouraged to adapt the corresponding sessions to the context of their country.


You can download the PDF here or order some paper copies from ISTIC