Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves

Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves

If there’s one thing you can rely on it’s the surface of the earth, except when it moves, which is all the time! In Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves, readers ages 9–12 learn about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the earth’s surface is always changing.

  • Natural disasters that happen around the world or close to home will become more understandable to children.
  • Introduces the relevant topics of geological principles to students in grades 4–6.
  • Explores the intersection between geology, engineering, and human needs.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science
  • Geography
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Chad Thompson 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Charts
  • Maps
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619304659
  • Hardcover, 9781619304611

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If there’s one thing you can rely on it’s the surface of the earth, except when it moves, which is all the time! In Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves, readers ages 9–12 learn about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the earth’s surface is always changing.

  • Natural disasters that happen around the world or close to home will become more understandable to children.
  • Introduces the relevant topics of geological principles to students in grades 4–6.
  • Explores the intersection between geology, engineering, and human needs.

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates by Kathleen M. Reilly is a wonderful resource for the study of plate tectonics. Not only does it have awesome pictures to explain what it is saying, but the descriptions are very clear and easy for all students to read and understand. As a teacher I appreciate that it also provides a bunch of lab ideas to help explain various aspects of plate tectonics. I am especially excited to try the underwater volcano lab and the edible volcano model. Read the entire review online.

Publishers Weekly
“Reilly provides a detailed examination of the movements of tectonic plates, and the effects of those movements, in this addition to the Built It Yourself series. Throughout, Reilly poses relevant questions (“Are there any benefits to earthquakes? Do they serve a valuable purpose for our planet?”), discusses scientists’ hypotheses about Earth, and invites readers to get involved via 25 activities, which include cooking molten rock candy, making a cardboard box seismograph, and creating a Jackson Pollack–style painting of an erupting volcano. Thompson’s cartoon spot illustrations break up the book’s substantial text. It’s a solid starting point for readers interested in Earth’s geology”.  

School Library Journal
Reilly uses the theory of plate tectonics to explain earthquakes, volcanoes, and more in this comprehensive look at earth science. Each chapter concludes with several hands-on activities to encourage understanding of the concepts discussed. . .The volume covers a lot of ground in a conversational tone and avoids sounding dry or textbook like. . .VERDICT A solid addition to earth science collections or where the series is popular.”

Booklist Online Exclusive
Most people never consider what is happening in the ground beneath their feet, but in reality, there is a tremendous amount of science going on deep in the earth. Twenty-five hands-on experiments focus on the movement of tectonic plates, the formation of volcanoes, potential seismic energy, and the very real threat of earthquakes. Readers can generate potential energy, make their own edible volcano model, or chart fault lines around the globe. Essential questions introduce each chapter and set a contextual purpose for reading. Real-life events, relevant terms, and fun facts accompany each project, while very detailed scientific explanations are offered to guide budding scientists’ observations. Scannable QR codes and keyword search suggestions offer easy access to electronic primary sources about the scientists and discoveries that have added to the field of seismography. This multidisciplinary STEM resource appeals to multiple modalities and learning styles and covers more obscure topics in physical geography and science.”

Praise for other books by Kathleen Reilly:

Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“ . . . what sets this book apart is that it contains projects which take this volume to a whole new level.”
Booklist
“. . . Makes a serviceable mix of elementary facts about the courses and causes of various widespread natural calamities with relevant but minimally hazardous hands-on enrichment activities.”

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
Library Media Connections
“This introduction to basic chemistry investigates solids, liquids, and gases and how these forms of matter change and transform. With a frog-like creature with Albert Einstein’s face as the guide, each chapter provides background material leading the reader to a series of well-constructed hands-on activities . . . This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation.”

Explore Life Cycles! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments
Children’s Literature
“ . . . Early science books don’t get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities, including Insect Life Cycle Snack Mix, a Mealworm Nursery, and tree measuring, done from the ground. Illustrations provide humor, and fun facts are offered throughout the book.”

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
2008 Bronze Moonbeam Award
National Science Teachers Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers . . .”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Measure the Movement of Plates

You’ll need to have a lot of patience for this project. If you stick with it, you’ll have a great understanding of how the continents move! Ask an adult to help you find a location where it is safe and acceptable to use pins that will remain undisturbed for at least a month. You don’t want to use a nice wall in the house!

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.


Chad Thompson

Chad Thompson has been drawing cartoons since childhood. He is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Florida animating movies for several years. In addition to animation, Chad does illustration and design work for a variety of clients. Chad lives in Kissimmee, FL.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
Subjects: Earth/Space Science, Geography, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates by Kathleen M. Reilly is a wonderful resource for the study of plate tectonics. Not only does it have awesome pictures to explain what it is saying, but the descriptions are very clear and easy for all students to read and understand. As a teacher I appreciate that it also provides a bunch of lab ideas to help explain various aspects of plate tectonics. I am especially excited to try the underwater volcano lab and the edible volcano model. Read the entire review online.

Publishers Weekly
“Reilly provides a detailed examination of the movements of tectonic plates, and the effects of those movements, in this addition to the Built It Yourself series. Throughout, Reilly poses relevant questions (“Are there any benefits to earthquakes? Do they serve a valuable purpose for our planet?”), discusses scientists’ hypotheses about Earth, and invites readers to get involved via 25 activities, which include cooking molten rock candy, making a cardboard box seismograph, and creating a Jackson Pollack–style painting of an erupting volcano. Thompson’s cartoon spot illustrations break up the book’s substantial text. It’s a solid starting point for readers interested in Earth’s geology”.  

School Library Journal
Reilly uses the theory of plate tectonics to explain earthquakes, volcanoes, and more in this comprehensive look at earth science. Each chapter concludes with several hands-on activities to encourage understanding of the concepts discussed. . .The volume covers a lot of ground in a conversational tone and avoids sounding dry or textbook like. . .VERDICT A solid addition to earth science collections or where the series is popular.”

Booklist Online Exclusive
Most people never consider what is happening in the ground beneath their feet, but in reality, there is a tremendous amount of science going on deep in the earth. Twenty-five hands-on experiments focus on the movement of tectonic plates, the formation of volcanoes, potential seismic energy, and the very real threat of earthquakes. Readers can generate potential energy, make their own edible volcano model, or chart fault lines around the globe. Essential questions introduce each chapter and set a contextual purpose for reading. Real-life events, relevant terms, and fun facts accompany each project, while very detailed scientific explanations are offered to guide budding scientists’ observations. Scannable QR codes and keyword search suggestions offer easy access to electronic primary sources about the scientists and discoveries that have added to the field of seismography. This multidisciplinary STEM resource appeals to multiple modalities and learning styles and covers more obscure topics in physical geography and science.”

Praise for other books by Kathleen Reilly:

Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“ . . . what sets this book apart is that it contains projects which take this volume to a whole new level.”
Booklist
“. . . Makes a serviceable mix of elementary facts about the courses and causes of various widespread natural calamities with relevant but minimally hazardous hands-on enrichment activities.”

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
Library Media Connections
“This introduction to basic chemistry investigates solids, liquids, and gases and how these forms of matter change and transform. With a frog-like creature with Albert Einstein’s face as the guide, each chapter provides background material leading the reader to a series of well-constructed hands-on activities . . . This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation.”

Explore Life Cycles! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments
Children’s Literature
“ . . . Early science books don’t get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities, including Insect Life Cycle Snack Mix, a Mealworm Nursery, and tree measuring, done from the ground. Illustrations provide humor, and fun facts are offered throughout the book.”

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
2008 Bronze Moonbeam Award
National Science Teachers Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers . . .”


Projects

project image

Measure the Movement of Plates

You’ll need to have a lot of patience for this project. If you stick with it, you’ll have a great understanding of how the continents move! Ask an adult to help you find a location where it is safe and acceptable to use pins that will remain undisturbed for at least a month. You don’t want to use a nice wall in the house!


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

Chad Thompson

Chad Thompson has been drawing cartoons since childhood. He is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Florida animating movies for several years. In addition to animation, Chad does illustration and design work for a variety of clients. Chad lives in Kissimmee, FL.