Developing arguments about earthquakes: Earthquake Machine Activity 2

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Summary:This activity uses the Earthquake Machine, a mechanical model that illustrates the earthquake cycle, as a tool to investigate the behavior of fault systems. In the activity groups of students are presented with a claim about earthquakes. Using the Earthquake Machine, students design an investigation to collect data to either refute or support the claim they were presented with. After students have collected evidence they use this information to construct an argument regarding the claim. Next, students present their work to their knowledgeable peers for a skeptical review.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C; ESS2.A; ESS3.A; ESS3.B; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS1-5; HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-2; MS-ESS3-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change
Subjects: 9-12; earthquake; high school; middle school
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