Lesson Plan

A Moving Crust

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Young scientists piece together the geological puzzle that is the earth in the third and final activity of this earth science series. With the help of numerous multimedia resources and a series of engaging hands-on activities, young scholars learn about the different kinds of plate boundaries and the geological features they create.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use this lesson series to transition into an earth science unit on the geosphere
  • Create laminated sets of the tectonic plates printable that students can use year after year when learning about the structure of the earth
  • Use the moving crust concentration game as a science learning center
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is designed to span over the course of two 45-minute periods, but can be combined into a single lesson depending on your class schedule
  • Resource includes all worksheets, reading passages, assessments, and printable materials required for teaching this lesson
  • A link is provided to an interactive resource that depicts the motion of the tectonic plates
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations on plate tectonics and volcanoes are included with the lesson, which include colorful diagrams and helpful presenter notes
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