Fault Formations

This Fault Formations lesson plan also includes:

The San Andreas Fault moves about two inches a year, approximately the same rate fingernails grow—crazy! The third lesson plan in the series allows for hands-on exploration of various fault formations. Through the use of a Popsicle stick, clay, and push boxes, scholars observe and record tension, compression, and shearing faults.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Demonstrate the proper way to complete step 12 as the instructions are likely to confuse students
Classroom Considerations

  • Instructor needs to build a push box for every set of four students before the class begins; the lesson does not include instructions, but they can easily be found online
  • Relies on knowledge from the first lesson in the series, so they should be completed in order

  • Lesson is in the 5E format
  • Uses cheap materials that are easy to obtain

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