There are four activities in this lesson. Students investigate how the shape of mountains can vary and how that shape provides evidence about its origin and history.
Students will understand that:
Some of the activities use the terms compression, shear, tension. If you have not yet introduced these ideas to your class, you can find additional information at Forces in the Earth.
Additional information on mountain building can be found at Mountains; an illustrated pdf copy can be downloaded and printed from this website. Requires Adobe Reader to open.
We have provided additional background information in the Teacher Tip section of each of the activities in this lesson.
Students record their ideas in the Mountain Building Journal and we provide suggested answers in the Mountain Building Journal: Teacher's Guide.
Forces in the Earth
Mountain Building Journal: Teacher's Guide