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Science - 5th Grade
Standard 2 Objective 2
1 class periods of 30 minutes each
Students use their hands to investigate how earthquakes and uplift change the Earth's surface.
No materials are needed.
Fault movement can be primarily horizontal or vertical depending upon the forces causing it. In California's San Andreas fault the movement is horizontal. In Utah, the fault movement is predominantly vertical. In this activity students will use their hands to demonstrate fault movement. Hands work well because the bone structure simulates the uneven fault surface and friction that hang up the fault until the forces are strong enough to overcome them which causes rapid earthquake movement.
Ask the students to write a paragraph explaining how earthquakes change landforms. Use the rubric below to evaluate their writing.