A Model of Plate Faults

The San Andreas fault is one of the longest fault zones in the world. In a series of 20 lessons, the fourth lesson has pupils use a paper model to recreate various types of plate faults. Each is held in position then drawn into a science journal for appropriate labeling.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research and discuss the similarities and differences in the ways each type of earthquake is felt in surrounding areas
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson might take over one and a half hours, but should not require a full two hours
  • Requires prior knowledge of scale models
Pros

  • The suggested color on the model visually brings out the changes
  • Lesson uses common art supplies
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS