Slip Sliding Along

The San Andreas Fault is the largest earthquake-producing fault in California. In the seventh lesson in the 20 part series, pupils create maps of California, focusing on the San Andreas Fault system. The comparison of where California is today, where it will be in the future, and the changes expected in the distant future solidify the concept of plate tectonics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • View aerial photos of the area to help class members visualize the movement
  • Discuss the elevation changes that go along with the horizontal movement of the plates
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires prior knowledge of faults, tectonic plates, and shearing
  • Includes a sample answer sheet
  • Offers resources for finding up-to-date data about earthquakes happening in the world
  • Provides broken links to required resources
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