How to Construct Seven Paper Models that Describe Faulting of the Earth

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:United States Department of the Interior (DOI); United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Publication Date:1990
Summary:This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing seven, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate common earth faults and associated landforms. The faults described are: normal, reverse, right- and left-lateral strike-slip, and oblique-slip. There are also models and discussions of two fault-produced landforms, a graben and a horst. These models are intended to help students and others visualize the principle classes of faults and learn some of the terminology used by geologists to describe faults. By constructing and examining these models, students will obtain a greater appreciation of the relationship between fault displacements and the landforms that result.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-3; MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change
Subjects: department of the interior; doi; earth; earthquake; fault; geology; geoscience; model; plate tectonics; usgs
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