The Slope of Land in Your Community

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW)
Summary:Landslides constitute a major geologic hazard. They are widespread, occurring in all 50 states, and cause ¤1-2 billion in damages and more than 25 fatalities on average each year. Landslides commonly occur with other major natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods (USGS Learning Web). The slope of the land and the materials under ground must be considered when planning how to build on the land in a community to lessen landslide risk. Changing the slope of the land (or even the amount of vegetation on a slope) can have dangerous consequences.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns
Subjects: 6-8; earth science week; earthquake; flood; landslide; middle school; natural hazards
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