Teaching About Plate Tectonics and Faulting Using Foam Models

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Young scientists learn about plate tectonics and the three different types of faults (normal, reverse, and strike-slip) using foam models. The activity also covers common types of locations where these faults are found.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a laboratory exercise
  • Replace the faults given in the extra credit section with local faults
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires a variety of materials, such as foam
  • Prior preparation is essential
Pros

  • Hands-on activity keeps learners engaged in the subject material
  • Teacher resource includes links to other resources, such as animations and videos
Cons

  • Heavy reading load may be a challenge for some learners