## Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding It's all your FAULT! - Section 2: Explore and Explain

Using paper models for this lesson was alright, but not the best.  After the lesson I found many other ways I could have modeled the movement of land that may have been more engaging.  The paper models did help, but ended up taking a lot of time to make. Students got very artsy and wanted to take lots of time making their street view look amazing.

As you can see in the video below, students still have a wide range of earthquake knowledge.  I originally thought that getting students to understand that earth's plates can move towards each other, away from each other, or next to each other would be easy, I was mistaken.  Many students are still trying to understand that the earth's crust is made up of floating plates.  The models definitely help understanding, but listen in as this student tries to make sense of earth's moving crust.  Note how I also continue prompting him and asking questions in different ways.

Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Models to Make Sense

Unit 4: Earth Changes
Lesson 13 of 18

## Big Idea: In this lesson, students use cardboard to build models of three different types of faults as they gain more information about where and how earthquakes form.

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Science, models, plate tectonics, Earthquakes, fault lines
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### Melissa Romano

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