Earthquakes and Types of Faults Introduction

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Earthquake Introduction: Print and go introduction to earthquakes, types of faults, where and why they occur. Ready to introduce earthquakes and need something detailed, to the point, and on middle school level? This is the perfect introduction to earthquakes!

This resource contains 5 student pages. (The 6th page is an answer key).

Page 1: Reading that relates plate tectonics to earthquakes. Terms introduced: elastic limit, fault. This is written at a middle school reading level, in terms that students can understand and relate to. Read an introduction to your students, and encourage highlighting.

Page 2: Basic earthquake vocabulary: fault line, focus, fault scarp, fault trace, seismic waves, epicenter. I go over the vocab and draw it on the board.

Page 3: Read through types of faults, and the forces that cause them. If you have one, use a slinky and/or a large piece of elastic while reading to demo compression and tension. If not, have two students press their hands together, then hold onto each other wrists and (gently) pull.

Page 4: Color the parts of an earthquake and answer application questions about the type of fault.

Page 5 is a review of types of faults. You can use this for homework or as a warm-up. My students love this puzzle!

Need a follow up HANDS-ON LAB ACTIVITY WITH PLAY-DOH?! Check out my Types of Faults Lab Activity!

This resource, the Types of Faults Lab, and the rest of this FULL UNIT is available in my EARTHQUAKE BUNDLE, that comes with a Student Workbook!!

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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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