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Seven Paper Models that Describe Faulting in the Earth, Alpha, T.R., and Lahr, J.C., U.S. Geological Survey. Online version of U.S.G.S. Open File Report 90-257A, which contains patterns for paper models of normal, reverse, strike-slip, and oblique faults. A Teacher’s Guide, describes how to construct the paper models and provides some background information. Just cut along the dashed lines, fold, and you’ll have 3-D models of faults.

Fault Analysis Group, Martin Schöpfer, Department of Geology, University of Dublin. This site provides information about faults designed for teaching undergraduate introductory courses on geology, but with useful information for middle and high school education as well. The Gallery section contains photographs, cross sections, and maps that illustrate various types of faults. The Educational Material section provides paper models to help students visualize the geometries of rock layers associated with faults. Choose Paper Models, and then on the Paper Models page, scroll down the list and choose Fault Types. Just cut along the dashed lines, fold, and you’ll have 3-D models of normal, reverse, strike-slip, and oblique faults.

Teaching About Plate Tectonics and Faulting Using Foam Models, Braile, L.W., Purdue University. Online activity with objectives, matierials, and procedures for cutting foam into 3-D models to help visualize plate tectonic principles, and relative motions of faulting. 

How Earthquakes Work, Harris, T., How Stuff Works website. Website provides simple, brief animations of normal, reverse, and strike-slip faults to help students visualize how the earth’s crust moves along each of these kinds of faults.

Types of Faults. Marshak, S., Essentials of Geology, W.W. Norton and Company website.  Three animations of normal, reverse, and strike-slip fault movement that you control from initial movement to subsequent landscape development. Requires Macromedia Flash 5 plug-in to run. Animations of seismic wave motions are also offered.