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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Fourth Grade

For Teachers 4th Standards
Looking for a hands-on approach to understanding the Plate Tectonics Cycle? Find it in a collection made up of pre- and post-labs, group discussions, and answering questions. Four resources make up a collection that breaks down each part...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Kindergarten

For Teachers K Standards
Four units make up a collection on volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and hazards associated with these forces. Learners discover how are they all related and what exactly they have to do with our planet. Use this collection from...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Sixth Grade

For Teachers 6th Standards
Four resources make up a collection that breaks down each part of the plate tectonic cycle, developed by Math/Science Nucleus. With pre- and post-labs, discussion topics, and writing assignments, sixth graders take on a hands-on approach...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Third Grade

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Four resources make up a collection centered around the plate tectonic cycle created by Math/Science Nucleus. Each unit gradually builds upon the other to demonstrate how the movement of Earth's plates plays a role in creating volcanoes...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — First Grade

For Teachers 1st Standards
Including four units on volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and hazards associated with these forces, each unit is intended to last about five days. But how are they all related, and what on earth do they have to do with our planet?...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Second Grade

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Use this collection from Math/Science Nucleus to engage your second graders in the exploration of the plate tectonics cycle. Including four units on volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and hazards associated with these forces, each...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young geologists examine evidence scientists have gathered to develop the Theory of Plate Tectonics. They explore how tectonic events are monitored and how future events can be predicted. The unit concludes with groups investigating how...
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Plate Tectonics: Shifting Perception

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Feel the earth moving underneath you? Whether you can tell or not, there is a perpetual puzzle shifting below the Earth's crust. Use a collection of videos and presentations in a middle or high school Earth science class when discussing...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Fifth Grade

For Teachers 5th
Math/Science Nucleus provides a set of four resources that take a deeper look into the parts of the plate tectonics cycle. Each resource contains hands-on activities and labs to help fifth graders develop a better understanding of one of...
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Volcanoes

For Teachers 4th Standards
This collection is a blast. Kids can explore the science behind plate tectonics, examine the life cycle of volcanoes, and engage in hands-on projects that model volcanic processes. They'll lava.
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ScienceWeb Australia: Years 9-10

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Science Web Australia presents a collection of three units designed for English speaking high schoolers and utilizing resources available online. The first unit focuses on ecosystems, the second on plate tectonics, and the third on the...
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Volcanoes for Beginners

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Have a blast teaching third, fourth, and fifth graders about volcanoes! A collection of educational videos and interactive lessons is sure to get your class interested in one of the most explosive and volatile aspects of plate tectonics.
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It's Not Your Fault

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Be prepared for the next big quake with a collection of lessons, activities, and presentations about the science of earthquakes, as well as safety tips and guidelines.
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Multimedia Discovery Missions

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Multimedia Discovery Missions collection is a series of 13 interactive presentations and activities that introduce young geologists and oceanographers to fundamental concepts involving the Earth’s crust and ocean sea life. Benthos,...
10 Items in Collection
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Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The 10 inquiry-based lessons in this collection, developed for NOAA Voyages of Discovery and the Ocean Explorer WebSite, give young oceanographers experience using scientific data and modeling scientific work and thinking. Beginning with...
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Everest Education Expedition

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young explorers investigate the biodiversity of Mount Everest and the Himalayan Mountain ecosystem through hands-on and interactive activities. They examine the effects of climate change on the mountains, analyze maps, take a virtual...
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This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Discuss Earth's tectonic plates at middle school level with an informative presentation. Packed with maps, satellite images, diagrams, and photographs, the slideshow connects with any curriculum focused on plate tectonics. It...
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Edible Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Many people think they can't observe plate tectonics, but thanks to GPS, we know that Australia moves at a rate of 2.7 inches per year, North America at 1 inches per year, and the Pacific plate at more than 3 inches per year! Scholars...
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The Theory of Plate Tectonics

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Don't let this plate tectonics resource slip past you! Taken straight from the pages of a McGraw-Hill science textbook, this document provides a reading passage with maps and reading comprehension questions that support students as they...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th
Reinforce a lesson on plate tectonics with an educational slideshow presentation. Twenty-seven slides, complete with images and diagrams to illustrate examples, or to show names and detailed facts, demonstrate the basics of plate...
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Plate Tectonics - Evolution of the Earth

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Tons of photographs, diagrams, animations, and satellite images fill the slides of an education earth science presentation. It begins with volcanic activity and earthquakes, and then moves into plate tectonics, boundaries, and driving...
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Plate Tectonics Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Navigate through a multimedia site to identify key information on plate tectonics, scavenger hunt style. Learners research to identify the different layers of the earth and better understand plate tectonics.
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Curious kids examine plate tectonics and give examples of their movement. They recognize how plates change the Earth through video, and web-based articles. In small groups, they receive complete a tectonics puzzle by silently switching...
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Plate Tectonics I

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Young geologists get a glimpse beneath the earth's surface in this plate tectonics investigation. After first learning about the different layers of the earth and the constant movement of its plates, young geologists work in small groups...
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An engaging video explores plate tectonics, from the evidence to support the theory to their movement. The analysis of the location of worldwide earthquakes shows scholars where major tectonic plates meet. The instructor differentiates...
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Plate Tectonics Day 4 Earth's Interior Structure and Convection Currents

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students introduced to the interior structure of the Earth. They explore how the Earth's interior is broken down according to both it's physical properties and it's chemical composition. Students explore how convection currents within...
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Treasures of the Earth | When Did Plate Tectonics Begin?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Scientists know Earth's plates are constantly moving. One big question scientists have is, "When did they start moving?" PBS 6-8 Story of Earth series presents the research of one scientist trying to answer this question. Viewers learn...
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Science: Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th
Turn your 6th graders into expert geologists with this PowerPoint on plate tectonics. The attached 13 slides include informative facts about the Earth's crust, as well as colorful diagrams. This presentation is great to use as a guide...
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Plate Tectonics Interactive

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a plate tectonics interactive that will really move your class! The first of a 13-part series introduces young geologists to the fundamental concepts and vocabulary they need to understand the interactions between crustal plates....
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Plate Tectonics Explained

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ready to teach plate tectonics but not sure where to begin? Start with a short video that is long on learning! Junior earth scientists discover the basics of plate tectonics, complete with colorful analogies and explanations. The...
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Effects of Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Explore our world from within as you lead young scientists on a thrilling adventure. Pupils examine the location of plate boundaries to determine earthquake and volcano distribution around the globe and explore the cause of hot spots in...
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Earthquakes Living Lab: The Theory of Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Find out if your class agrees with Ice Age: Continental Drift ... or if it's just a fun family movie! Class members research the theory of continental drift, examine evidence of plate tectonics, connect this information to engineering,...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Help young scientists piece together the theory of plate tectonics with this comprehensive collection of materials. Whether your are looking for worksheets, hands-on activities, or assessments, this resource has everything a science...
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Miss Selle's Science Songs - Plate Tectonics

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Middle school scientists will think you're the coolest teacher on the planet when you use this video to help them understand the basics of plate tectonics. The lyrics, compiled by science teacher Sue Selle, are played to the music from...
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World Map of Plate Boundaries

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Young geologists piece together the puzzle of plate tectonics in an earth science lesson. Given a physical map of the world, they search for land formations that indicate the location of different types of plate boundaries.
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The Biggest Plates on Earth

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The deepest part of the ocean is the Marianas trench where two tectonic plates meet. Scholars explore plate tectonics and their boundary types by completing hands-on activities throughout the lesson. Specific areas, such as the Galapagos...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young scholars observe a presentation on plate tectonics, layers of the earth, and plate boundaries. They then use the Internet to research major plates and label them on a world map.
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Plate Tectonics: First Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 1st Standards
A set of first grade geology lessons focuses on plate tectonics and movement of plate boundaries. During the pre-lab, learners experience three types of plate movement through a kinesthetic demonstration. The lab demonstrates stresses...
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Does the temperature of the surface of the earth relate to the movement of the earth's plates? Three variables — temperature, composition, and thickness encourage scholars to discover plate tectonics. They create mountains, volcanoes,...
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Plate Tectonic Boundaries

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Your learners will have the opportunity to research the ins and outs of plate tectonic boundaries by way of answering questions, sketching, defining, and providing a real-world example of convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries.
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Fossils & Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Take a trip to Wyoming to visit a museum boasting a host of dinosaur fossils. Our guide is an inquisitive boy, who asks the park ranger several questions about continental drift, plate tectonics, and fossils. The park ranger gently...
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Earth Materials - Geology and Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Not going into depth on any one topic, this Earth science presentation skims the crust. It touches on the materials that construct the crust and then moves into plate tectonics. This is a useful and colorful note-taking guide for your...
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Plate Boundaries and Plate Interactions

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How does the Earth continually repair itself? Explore the answer to this question, and others, with a unit on plate boundaries and interaction. Pupils classify the types of movement at plate boundaries and identify the distribution of...
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Plate Tectonics Questions

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Investigating plate tectonics, boundaries, and the earth's physical attributes is the focus of this short answer, tectonic plates worksheet. 
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Plate Tectonics: Kindergarten Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers K Standards
This unit focuses primarily on plate tectonics and plate boundaries surrounding continents. It contains pre- and post-lab sections that walk young geologists through plate movements in order to visualize what's going on inside Earth.
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Plate Tectonics: Sixth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 6th Standards
Here is a set of pre-lab, lab, and post-lab lesson plans on plate tectonics. After completing the previous labs on volcanoes and earthquakes, sixth graders use the gained knowledge to explore plate boundaries and the movement of Earth's...
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Plate Tectonics II

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Mid-ocean ridges, rift valleys, island arcs, mountain ranges, earthquakes, volcanoes ... there are so many features associated with plate tectonics. The 14th installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography...
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Geological Effects of Plate Tectonics

For Students 8th Standards
Don't get your classes all shook up about plate movement, instead use a thorough unit that guides learners to an understanding of plate tectonics. The lessons incorporate a study of the types of plate boundaries and their effects on the...
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History Helps When It Comes To Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 8th Standards
Get ready to move, shake, slip, and slide with a well-rounded plate tectonics unit! The engaging resource includes everything you need to inspire eighth grade science scholars, from worksheets to demonstrations. Assess their...
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Plate Tectonics: Fifth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders continue their investigation of the plate tectonics cycle with an exploration of the movement of Earth's crust. During the lab, young geologists conduct an experiment to discover the result of different types of stress...
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Teaching About Plate Tectonics and Faulting Using Foam Models

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scientists learn about plate tectonics and the three different types of faults (normal, reverse, and strike-slip) using foam models. The activity also covers common types of locations where these faults are found.
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Oreo Cookies and Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Do you prefer your cookies with transform plate boundaries or divergent plate boundaries? Learn about fault lines and plate tectonics with an informative and delicious hands-on activity. Using a cookie to represent the earth's...
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How Do Plate Tectonics and Ocean Currents Affect Global Climate?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What do plate tectonics and ocean currents have to do with global climate? This fourth installment in a six-part series focuses on how plate tectonics and ocean currents affect global climate, both now and in the past, outlines an...
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Get a detailed look at plate tectonics with a 14-slide presentation that highlights the Earth's layers, continental drift, seafloor spreading, the theory of plate tectonics, and boundary types. Each slide provides thorough explanations,...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use lecture, maps and video to analyze the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes. They relate this distribution to the theory of plate tectonics and conduct several experiments to illustrate the forces at work in this theory.
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The Early Earth and Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Go back billions of years and meet the earth as it was before life formed. It may seem impossible, but learners will see how the earth has changed and shifted over time. But what moves the earth's plates? You'll learn about the power of...
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Plate Tectonics: Second Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Second graders explore convection currents and how they relate to the movement of tectonic plates. Then, young geologists reconstruct Pangaea with a worksheet and pinpoint plate boundaries on a map using locations of earthquakes and...
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The Biggest Plates on Earth

For Teachers 5th - 6th
The best part about teaching guides is all the great information you can use to inform your class. They infer what type of boundary exists between two tectonic plates. Then, using given information on earthquakes and volcanism they'll...
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Plate Tectonics: Third Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders examine plate movements and boundaries with a lab that demonstrates how volcanoes and earthquakes are formed. It presents different types of stresses an object can withstand through a hands-on experiment with clay to...
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Plate Tectonics: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 4th Standards
The pre-lab portion of the lesson introduces emerging geologists to the various layers that make up Earth. After completing a sheet on the identification of the layers, class members simulate plate boundaries and their...
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The plates of the earth may be shifting right under your feet! Learn the causes and consequence of this shifting through an informative a video lesson. Scholars explore the effects of the movement on a local, global, and even planetary...
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Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th - 10th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students use Graham crackers, frosting, water and a paper plate to simulate tectonic processes such as convergent, divergent and transforming plate boundaries.
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Plate Tectonics-Notes

For Students 7th - 9th
In this plate tectonics instructional activity, students take notes on the types of plate boundaries including divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries and transform boundaries and they explain how plates move.
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Plate Tectonics-Notes

For Students 7th - 9th
For this plate tectonics worksheet, students complete a sheet of notes about the layer's of the Earth, plate tectonics, continental drift and sea floor spreading.
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Plate Tectonics-Difference Between Crust and Lithosphere

For Students 8th
Explore the tectonic plates that make up the surface of our Earth and their movement, as well as the terminology of the earth's structure.
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Plate Tectonic Globe

For Teachers 5th - 8th
During your Earth systems unit, you could have junior geologists cut out and create a small globe depicting the tectonic plates. You may want to do this all together, step by step as a class because it would be easy to cut all of the...
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Exploring Plate Tectonics

For Students 7th - 9th
In this plate tectonics learning exercise, students answer questions about plate movement, the types of boundaries, the history of Earth's crusts and plate tectonics. They use an on line source to get their answers.
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Plate Tectonics Study Guide

For Students 7th - 10th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students answer questions about plate tectonics including topics such as the lithosphere, the asthenosphere, rising and sinking convection currents, continental drift and the types of boundaries.
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students participate in a series of experiments to learn about plate tectonics and the different materials of the Earth. In this plate tectonics lesson plan, students use eggs, water, beakers, paper, and more materials to learn about the...
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 5th
For this plate tectonics worksheet, 5th graders are given notes with diagrams showing Earth's layers, the tectonic plates, evidence of Pangaea, sea-floor spreading and the types of boundaries. Students answer 5 review questions about the...
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Plate Tectonics Writing Assignment

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students complete a writing assignment focused on the use of data to support the theory of plate tectonics. They access data using the "Our Dynamic Planet" CDROM, capture images of the data plots, and incorporate them into their writing. T
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Plate Tectonics: Movin' and Shakin'

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students are introduced to the causes of plate movements and the hazards they present. They plot the location of 50 earthquakes and 50 volcanic eruptions on a map and explore the relationships between plate tectonics, earthquakes, and...
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Snack Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Yum! Using graham crackers, dried fruit sheets, and frosting, tectonics technicians demonstrate the different types of plate boundaries. If you want to encourage youngsters with an activity that is both educational and edible, then this...
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 8th
For this science worksheet, students use basic scientific concepts to complete the series of puzzles that are intended to increase science literacy and focusing upon plate tectonics.
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Earth Science/Plate Tectonics & Volcanoes

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore volcanic eruptions. In this earth science lesson, students follow instructions and conduct a lab regarding volcanoes. Students also play interactive games on Internet links regarding plate tectonics and volcanoes.
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The Geology of a Snicker’s Bar: Tectonic Plates

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore the layers of the Earth using a Snicker's bar. In this science lesson, students identify the parts of the Snicker's bar and identify which layer of the Earth the parts of the candy bar would represent. Students discuss...
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Natural Disaster

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Describe how plate tectonics account for various land formations. Learners discuss different marine sanctuaries and create a poster about tectonic activity in these areas. They share their posters with the class.
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Deforming Earth's Crust

For Teachers 5th - 7th
A short and straightforward slideshow presentation is a great addition to your lesson on plate tectonics. With demonstrative diagrams and helpful facts, the presentation helps to reinforce a concept that can be a little tricky for...
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Lava Lake Tectonics

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Do you enjoy spending the day at the lake? Maybe not an active lava lake! Viewers watch the fascinating movement of crust on top of molten magma as part of a larger series exploring the story of Earth. Comparisons to tectonic plates...
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Plate Tectonics-Geological features of Convergent Plate Boundaries

For Students 8th
Recap divergent and convergent boundaries with a video on plate tectonics. After discussing the circumstances surrounding subduction at oceanic and continental plates versus subducton at two oceanic boundaries, the video explains the...
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Plate Tectonics-Evidence of plate movement

For Students 8th
Need a video to accompany your lecture on plate tectonics? Sal summarizes clues that certain parts of the world may at one time been connected. Use the video as part of one lecture, or break it up over several lessons.
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Plate Tectonics Review

For Students 8th - 10th
For this plate tectonics worksheet, students review concepts such as the types of plate boundaries, the concept of continental drift, sea-floor spreading, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. They match 30 terms with their definitions.
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Earthquakes and Tectonic Plates

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Here is a comprehensive package in which middle schoolers learn about types of seismic waves, triangulation, and tectonic plate boundaries. Complete vocabulary, colorful maps, and a worksheet are included via links on the webpage. You...
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Thirteen questions and a diagram make up this tectonic plates worksheet. Scholars answer questions using short answers and identify the three plate boundary types; convergent, divergent, and transform.    
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Tsunami!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
How does the depth of an ocean affect the speed of a tsunami's waves? Use Jell-o, graham crackers, and marshmallows to model the effects of an underwater earthquake and its resulting tsunami. The instructional activity includes hands-on...
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Surface Features and Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students differentiate transform, divergent and convergent motions. In this earth science instructional activity, students explain how geologists use these to analyze plate motion. They draw arrow on maps to represent the direction of...
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Layers of the Earth: Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders participate in a lesson that is about investigating the different layers of the earth and defining how the plates move over the mantle. They engage in a variety of activities and use mathematics to create projects to...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A great reference to include in the classroom and on your class website, the presentation covers the following topics: Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift, Pangea, layers of the earth and their properties, convection, plate...
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Plate Tectonics & Land Forms

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss the different interactions of plates and the ways mountains are created.  In this plate tectonics lesson students complete an activity in groups.
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A Moving Crust

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Young scientists piece together the geological puzzle that is the earth in the third and final lesson of this earth science series. With the help of numerous multimedia resources and a series of engaging hands-on activities, students...
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Plate Tectonics - Electronic Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore the attributes of plate tectonics. In this plate tectonics lesson, students use computers to access a plate tectonics scavenger hunt file and complete the required activities using their textbooks.
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Plates on the Move

For Students 7th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, 7th graders answer 12 questions related to the movement of earth's plates including continental drift, sea floor spreading and Wegener's hypothesis.
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Real Evidence of a Subducting Plate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine data regarding subduction zone plate tectonics. They analyze data tables on plate boundaries on the west coast of South America, and construct a 3-D model of the events in that region.
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Floating Plates on the Earth

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders construct a concept map about Plate Tectonics. They include types of movement, names and effects of boundaries. They research plate tectonics, describe and name 3 types. They analyze the effect on the earth's surface of...
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Plate Tectonic Cycle

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore the Earth's movements by completing worksheets. In this plate tectonics lesson plan, students define such natural disasters as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and mudslides and discuss their connections to plate...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine plate tectonics and landforms.  In this plate tectonics lesson students complete an activity. Students practice drawing maps that show different fault lines and the land formations that were caused.
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students watch a video about plate tectonics. in this Earth Science lesson, students watch a video clip from Bill Nye about Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics. They make a slight crack in a hard boiled egg and manipulate the egg to...
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Investigation of Plate Boundaries

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Demonstrate the movement of lithospheric plates due to convection in Earth's mantle. Learners then model the movements that occur along plate boundaries using colored clay. 
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Worksheet: The Movement of Tectonic Plates

For Teachers 6th - 9th
A colorful wedge of Earth, map of tectonic plates, and numbered facts about Earth structure fill the first two pages of this resource. After reading and absorbing the information, geologists get into groups and make clay models to...
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Move Mountains

For Students 4th - 6th
As part of a series of activities, or maybe just as a demonstration, this activity shows how tectonic plates push together and give rise to mountain ranges. All it takes is a piece of newspaper and your own two hands. 
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Lessons - Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Volcanoes are among the most spectacular geological features on the planet. Jump into an exploration of these amazing phenomenon with this multimedia lesson series. Working collaboratively in small groups, young scientists view videos...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students define plate tectonics, and explain how the Himalaya Mountains were formed.
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Plate Tectonics: Surface and Subsurface Processes

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the geological process of plate tectonics. In this plate tectonic activity, 8th graders design, construct and present a working model of a plate tectonics concept. This activity includes a rubric, worksheets, and 2...
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Exploring Plate Tectonics Using Technology Lesson

For Teachers 6th
Using the Internet, the students will explore websites and gather information regarding plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes. They use Inspiration to demonstrate their comprehension of the relationship between them and then export...
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Fossil Evidence for Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students draw maps of counties that were important to the discovery of plate tectonic theory.  In this plate tectonics lesson students excavate constructed fossil sites from matching coastlines and discuss the possible explanations for...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
Students identify the three layers of the earth: core, mantle and crust. They demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of convergent and divergent motions of the earth and an understanding of plate tectonics.
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Theory of Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 8th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students will review the Earth's layers that make up the plates, different types of plate boundaries, and the theory of plate tectonics. This worksheet has 5 fill in the blank and 4 short answer questions.
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Plate Tectonics: An "Eggs"periment

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Learners investigate plate tectonics by observing a cracked egg shell.  For this Earth science lesson, students draw borders of continents on an egg shell, only to watch it crack in a glass.  Learners record the breakup of the "Earth"...
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Plates on the Move

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Tectonic plates are constantly on the move. Explore the movement using an online resource that provides a basic introduction the tectonic plates before offering a game to learn about the individual plates. Learners discover how the...
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Earth Egg

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discuss plate tectonics and the layers of the earth's interior. They use eggs as models of the earth and answer questions regarding which part of the egg would represent which part of the earth.
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Wegener and Plate Tectonics: A Hands-On Lesson

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to and experiment with the basic concepts of plate tectonic theory as well as assess the history of the theory of plate tectonics. They explain and illustrate the basic concepts through diagrams and models of...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders develop an understanding of plate tectonics. In this plate tectonics lesson students plot earthquake  and volcano locations.
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Earth Composition and Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Pupils investigate the composition of the interior of the Earth through a teacher lead instructional activity. They study the theory of plate tectonics before creating a model of the earth's interior. They use a hard boiled egg to...
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Plate Tectonic-Hazards

For Students 7th - 9th
In this plate tectonics learning exercise, students are given a table with the Mercalli intensity of earthquakes, a description of what happens at each intensity, and the Richter magnitude of the earthquakes.
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Know Your Boundaries: Plate Tectonics

For Students 4th - 6th
In this earth science worksheet, students match 7 vocabulary words pertaining to plate tectonics to their definitions. Students then use a word from the list to label four diagrams of the movement of the earth.
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Plate Boundaries

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Recently, Australia had to update all of its GPS coordinates because the continent is moving at such a relatively quick speed. The third lesson in the series of five relates the movement of plates on the earth to the consequences....
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Plate Tectonics and Contributions from Scientific Ocean Drilling

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder what it was like when scientists made a discovery that proved a long-standing scientific theory? Your class can't actually travel back in time to witness the validation of continental drift, but they can analyze the same data...
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Make Your Own Mountains! - #sciencegoals

For Students K - 5th Standards
In a world where plate tectonics have helped create Earth's geological features, it is an ever-changing process. Show young scientists a video that demonstrates the movement of Earth's plates to create fold mountains.
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The Whole Saga of the Supercontinents

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
See the world as it was—and also how it will be! A riveting video from a vast biology and earth science playlist takes viewers back in time to see how supercontinents formed, broke apart, and formed again. The resource includes a sneak...
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Rotation

For Students 4th - 12th
Travel along with the Channel Island as they drift from San Diego northward to their current location off the Coast of Santa Barbara. Dr. Tanya Atwater, a geophysicist and marine geologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara...
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How Do We Know Plate Tectonics Is Real?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Continents are on the move! An engaging lesson explains the acceptance of the idea of continental drift. The narrator of the It's Okay to Be Smart "Earth Science Videos!" installment considers the convincing evidence of the concept. 
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Plate Boundary

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Scholars examine diagrams and complete a concept map to discover key details about convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries.  
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Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research about earthquakes that took place within a certain distance from their place. In this geology activity, students explain why earthquakes occur. They analyze patterns of different earthquakes using a computer program.
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Plate Tectonics and Ecology

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners explain how changes on the Earth's surface affect the organisms on it. In this earth science lesson, students connect this event to subsistence in Alaska. They listen to a local Elder's presentation and complete a worksheet...
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Island Rotation: Lesson Plan 1

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
How do scientists provide evidence to support the theories they put forth? What clues do they put together to create these theories? After watching West of the West's documentary Island Rotation class members engage in a series of...
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Earth: A Unique Planet

For Students 7th - 8th
An entire unit's worksheets are included here in this earth science packet, with multiple learning styles addressed! Although the text isn't included, 6 reading guides are outlined with reading requirements indicated. Learners complete a...
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Island Rotation: Lesson Plan 3

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How far have California's Channel islands moved? What was the rate of this movement? Class members first examine data that shows the age of the Hawaiian island chain and the average speed of the Pacific Plate. They then watch West of the...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students reinforce their knowledge of plate tectonics from what they have already learned on the subject. In this science lesson plan, students watch a small clip from the movie "Ice Age" which engages the students to participate...
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The Solid Earth - Environmental Science

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What is the solid part of the earth and how does it effect our environment? Professor Paul Tackley explains how the active, solid part of the earth is responsible for volcanoes, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. He uses solid examples...
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Tell Me Why: Pangaea

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pangaea was a super continent that broke apart and formed the face of the earth as we know it today. So how did this happen? This clip briefly explains how heat and plate tectonics shifted the crust of the earth. A good clip if your...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research separate elements of the theory of Plate Tectonics, then share that information with each other, drawing conclusions from the culminated information.
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Plate Tectonics Lab

For Students 7th - 9th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students cut out plates given a map of the world. They construct an accurate model of the tectonic plates and answer questions about plate tectonics. They also color a map of the world to show the...
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Theory of Plate Tectonics

For Students 7th - 9th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, student answer 15 multiple choice questions about plate movement, types of boundaries, collision of plates, continental plates, and the lithosphere.
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The Pangaea Pop-up

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
The amazing animation for a video on continental drift is comprised of the pages of a sophisticated pop-up book, The Moving Earth. As the pages turn, your earth scientists discover the tectonic plates of the lithosphere and the molten...
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The Theory of Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 10th
In this plate tectonics instructional activity, students review how the lithosphere is broken into plates and the different ways these plates move. Students compare divergent, convergent, and transform plate boundaries. This...
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When Plates Collide

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students investigate tectonic plates.  In this geology and geography lesson plan, students construct convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries using oobleck, foam, and tile. A large amount of background information and relevant...
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Visualizing Plate Movement

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students analyze fault data from Plate Boundary Observatory. In this earth science activity, students use Google Earth to download data from PBO. They explain the magnitude of plate movements using the vector arrows on the map.
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Sliding Plates

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students create models of plate boundaries to investigate plate behavior. In this earth science lesson, students explain how the difference in density affects boundary movements. They relate how these dynamics cause tsunami.
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Predicting Plate Movement

For Students 6th - 12th
In this plate movement worksheet, students review the 3 types of plate boundaries and predict where plates will be as they continue moving along their current path. This worksheet has 2 short answer questions.
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Heat Up the Floating Plates

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the moving of the Earth's plates. In this lithospheric plate movement lesson plan, 8th graders investigation the connection between the moving of the Earth's plates and the convection currents within the mantle.
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Plate Tectonics Vocabulary

For Students 7th - 9th
In this plate tectonics activity, students match 9 terms with their definitions. Topics include the types of boundaries, the layers of the Earth's crust, plate tectonics and continental drift.
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify that most of mountain ranges found on all major land masses and in the oceans are external reflections of tectonic movements within the earth. They identify that earthquakes and related phenomena are caused by the...
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Plate Tectonics Boundaries

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students discover how to create a model of tectonic plates and study the interactions of these plates as they slowly move on the asthenosphere. They see and experience what happens at each type of plate boundary and why there are certain...
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Plate Tectonics and Ecological Connections

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explain the connection among tectonic events and ecology. In this earth science activity, students listen to an Elder talk and explain the effects of tectonic events to the environment. They write a reflection journal at...
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What Drives the Plates?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
It's getting hot in here! Lead your emerging geoscientists on a thrilling journey as they calculate liquid densities to determine forces that stimulate thermal plates from within the earth's crust. They explore effects of temperature on...
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Slip Sliding Along

For Teachers 6th Standards
The San Andreas Fault is the largest earthquake-producing fault in California. In the seventh lesson in the 20 part series, pupils create maps of California, focusing on the San Andreas Fault system. The comparison of where California is...
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A Model of Three Faults

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students observe fault movements on model of the Earth's surface, find fault movements associated with different types of plate boundaries, research examples of non-plate boundary faults, and research and report on the types of faults...
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Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 9th
In this earth science worksheet, students read and study about divergent and convergent boundaries, tectonic plates and volcanoes to complete 1 data chart 7 short answer questions.
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Active Volcanoes, Plate Tectonics and the "Ring of Fire"

For Students 8th - 10th
In this volcanoes, plate tectonics and "Ring of Fire" worksheet, students view the location of volcanoes on a map of the Earth, they see the "Ring of Fire" and they locate the major plates of the Earth's crust. They use the map as...
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Modeling Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Pupils investigate the four different ways tectonic plates interact at their boundaries. Using simple available materials, they create models to simulate these interactions present at plate boundaries.
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 5th - 8th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students fill in the blank of 20 statements about plate tectonics from a word bank of 40 words. Students review vocabulary such as convergent, subduction, transformation, oceanic plates, and continental...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students recognize three basic types of tectonic plate boundaries and explain what happens to each one.  In plate tectonics lesson plan students draw and label a cross-sectional diagram of the Earth. 
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Moving Mountains

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Slower than a crawling turtle, more powerful than a locomotive, able to create huge mountains, it's not a bird or Superman, but a plate beneath the Earth's surface! Young geologists research plate tectonics and how the movement of the...
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 4th - 6th
In this geology worksheet, students will cut a map of California along the San Andreas fault line to see how California might change in the future. Then students will compare a world map from 50 million years in the future with a present...
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Roots of the Mariana Arc

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Plumb the depths of the Submarine Ring of Fire and explore seismic waves with this lesson plan. Junior geologists simulate s-waves and p-waves, calculate their speeds, and then apply the data to discover the material that makes up inner...
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Bang! You're Alive

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Plate Tectonics. In this history of life lesson, students explain two ways the Theory of Plate Tectonics and the Big Bang are of direct benefits to humans.
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Hawaiian Hot Spots

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss how plate tectonics and volcanic activity have affected Hawaii. In this Hawaiian lesson plan, students look at maps and photographs of Hawaiian Islands and discuss their formation through multiple volcanic eruptions....
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Bang! You're Alive!-Ocean Exploration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore plate tectonics, the "Big Bang" theory and Earth's history through geological evidence. In this understanding Earth's history lesson plan, students complete a 20 question worksheet on the history of Earth including a...
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Earth Forces

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers use geological techniques such as plate tectonics, mountain building, earthquakes, and volcanoes, in order to explain the earth.
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Our Changing View of the Earth

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students explore the theory of Plate Tectonics. They participate in a simulation in which they re-enact the debate over Plate Tectonics vs. traditional beliefs of stationary continents that were widely accepted during the 1800's and...
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TERRA MOBILIS

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students analyze the theory of plate tectonics and create a project which demonstrates the idea of mobile continents.
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Marine Environmental Geology

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students take this course as an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Topics include estuarine oceanography and sediments, eutrophication of coastal waters,...
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The Gifts of the Nile

For Teachers 6th
Get your class thinking about the geography that shaped the Egyptian landscape and culture. They compare ancient climate zones and geogrpahical fetures, locate evidence of plate tectonics, take and quiz, and write a short essay. The...
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Creating and Destroying Plates

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students explore Earth science by answering geology study questions. In this plate tectonics lesson, students identify where tectonic plates exist, how they move and the impact they have on the surface of the earth. Students view visual...
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Lithospheric Plate Questions

For Students 6th - 8th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students list the major and minor plates. Students determine which plates correspond to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Ring of Fire. This worksheet has 10 fill in the blank questions.
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Move That Plate!

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the concept of plate tectonics. In this earth science lesson, 6th graders conduct science investigations that require them to note how thermal energy is converted into kinetic energy in the form convection currents.
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New Zealand Subduction Zone Model

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore world geography by creating a model in class. In this tectonic plate lesson, students identify diagrams which discuss the tectonic plates in New Zealand and how they affect everyday life. Students utilize cardboard,...
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The Crust: how does the curst move?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore Earth science by answering geology questions. In this plate tectonics lesson, students identify the regions in New Zealand prone to earthquakes due to faults and plate friction. Students utilize fruit peels, water and a...
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Shaky New Zealand

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students explore geography by answering study questions in class. In this plate tectonics lesson, students identify the earthquake data concerning the country of New Zealand and answer questions regarding the data. Students identify...
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Earth Structure and Processes

For Teachers 8th
Students classify different rocks according to their types. In this earth science lesson, students explain how plate tectonics created Earth's landforms. They explain the continental drift theory and sea floor spreading in their own words.
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Restless Earth

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
In less than 25 years, the continent of Australia moved 4.9 feet thanks to plate tectonics. The presentation introduces the idea of the layers of the earth as well as plate tectonics. It goes into why the plates move and where we believe...
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Earthquakes and Volcanoes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Even though volcanoes look alike, they can be very different based on the types of lava that erupts from their surface. Learn about strata volcanoes, shield volcanoes, and the varying viscosity of lava with an engaging hands-on activity....
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Natural Disasters Exploring Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students define and describe plate tectonic activities including earthquakes and volcanoes; explore different plate tectonic settings; examine the biodiversity and ecosystems supported by various tectonic settings; and determine the...
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Heat and Density

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders are introduced to the concepts of density and convection/conduction through demonstrations, notes and activities. They are exposed to real-world examples to model the processes that move and shape Earth's surface. Pupils...
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Video: The Birth of a Theory

For Students 8th - 10th
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students answer questions from a video about how the theory of plate movement came about along with questions about earthquakes, faults, seafloor spreading and other geological events.
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The Scientific Process

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use the scientific process to explore events that have occurred in the past such as plate tectonics or how the dinosaurs became extinct. They make observations, develop a hypothesis, and use evidence to test their hypothesis to...
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Continental Drift Lab-Wegener's Evidence

For Students 7th
In this continental drift worksheet, 7th graders answer 7 questions about Wegener's theory of continental drift. They use a diagram of the Earth's continents that show plate tectonics.
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Volcanoes

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students view images and interactive activities on the Internet about volcanoes. In this plate tectonics lesson, students use the Internet to view PDF images and HTML Interactive activities while writing observations in their journals....
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Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students complete a data sheet. In this Earth composition lesson, students learn what happens when the Earth's plates push against each other. They watch a teacher demonstration and complete a data sheet.
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Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th
In this science worksheet, 6th graders find the words related to the concept of plate tectonics and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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ESRI Live Earthquake Site

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine a World map and find earthquakes near plate boundaries. They locate and describe earthquakes in the United States and California.
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Earthquake Formation

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners explore earthquakes. In this natural disaster and engineer career education lesson plan, students identify features of the earth's surface that increase the likelihood of an earthquake. Learners use visual aids to locate the...
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Puzzle of the Plates

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students research tectonic plates and their movement. In this plate lesson, students describe the motion of these plates and the boundaries between them. They look into the San Andreas Fault and explore the earthquakes associated to this...
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Mapping Plate Boundaries

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students discover plate boundaries based on the uneven geographic occurrence of geologic hazards. After discussing geologic hazards, students plot different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps.
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Sliding Plates

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students analyze how plate boundaries shift. In this sliding plates lesson, students examine models and identify actions at the plate boundaries. Students complete a worksheet to assess understanding. 
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How Tall Can Mountains Be?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Currently, the tallest mountain on Earth is Mount Everest at 8,848 meters above sea level. The video discusses how tall a mountain might reach based on gravity, rock density, and other factors such as plate tectonics and erosion. 
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Nature’s Fury: Extra Support Lessons (Theme 1)

For Teachers 5th
Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcano eruptions, and more. To enrich their study of nature's big events, kids map tectonic plates and major earthquake locations, identify emergency response agencies, and storyboard a film about volcanos.
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Where Do Mountains Come From?

For Students K - 5th Standards
Mount Everest and the Appalachian Mountains are just two features that formed from converging plates. Watch a video that explains and models this phenomenon.
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Hawaiian Islands Formation

For Students 8th
Sal explains the formation of Hawaii and the theories behind a formation of a boundary unrelated hot spot. He debates the concept that the hot spot is travelling along with the plate.
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Convection - Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use food items to model the plate boundaries. In this plate tectonics lesson, students use candy bars, graham crackers, and fruit roll-ups to model the three types of tectonic boundaries. They the create a folded study device...
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Day 4: Plate Tectonics II

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students explore the theory of plate tectonics. In this geology lesson, students conduct a simulation of the crust of the Earth floating on the mantle. Students research plate tectonics and share their findings with the class. Students...
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Affects of Plate Tectonics on California

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore plate tectonics using cardboard and action figures.  In this California geology lesson, 6th graders experiment with figures and cardboard, read and discuss how plate tectonics affects California.  To conclude,...
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The Theory of Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students study puzzles and how to use the Venn Diagram.  In this plate tectonics lesson students complete several puzzles and discuss how they solved them. 
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Science: Plate Tectonics, Faults, and Volcanoes

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders conduct Internet research on plate tectonics, faluts, and volcanoes. In groups, they compile information related to teacher-provided questions. Students write papers detailing their findings and make oral presentations...
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Using the New Zealand plate boundary models

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the differences in the effects of the tectonic plates of New Zealand.  In this tectonic plate lesson, students define and explain the process of subduction.  Students recognize the difference in the movement of a...
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Forces That Shape the Earth: Plate Movement

For Students 6th - 9th
In this tectonic plate worksheet, students learn about the movement of the plates that make up the earth's crust. They read about the Theory of Pangaea, lithosphere, divergence, convergence, and plate transformation. Students then answer...
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The Volcano Factory

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Collaborative groups work together to report on the volcanic activity leading to island formation and construct models to demonstrate the process. Consider having each group present their project to the rest of the class. There are many...
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The Earth Moves Under My Feet

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Most people rely on the ground under them remaining still and constant, yet the plates on the earth are constantly moving. A research-based STEM lesson asks pupils to research seismic data and tectonic plates. Then they create surveys of...
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QuakeFeed Earthquake Map, Alerts and News

For Students 6th - 12th
Amateur seismologists explore Earth's earthquakes in real time using a variety of map styles and parameter selections.
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Zoom-in: Earthquake Writing Activity

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Wow, an earthquake! Elementary learners view a PowerPoint presentation in which a small portion of an earthquake is displayed. They use the images as inspiration for an expository piece describing what they observed. Consider pulling up...

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