Modeling Liquefaction

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
Summary:This activity allows students to construct a small-scale model of liquefaction, a hazard associated with strong-magnitude earthquakes. The sand, water, and ping pong ball(s) represent the composites of soil: sediment, water, and air, respectively. The shaking, representative of seismic waves, will be generated by the students.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C; ESS2.A; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:2-ESS1-1; 4-ESS3-2; HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; earthquake; elementary school; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; natural hazards; seismology; water
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