History Helps When It Comes To Plate Tectonics

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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 progress using evidence and observations analysis.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Check prior knowledge before beginning; some concepts to dig into include basic knowledge of energy and heat, basic knowledge of forces and movement, and how a rock's origin relates to its characteristics
  • Consider pairing students for reading exercises to allow for some collaboration time
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires scheduling time in the computer lab for the class to complete GIZMO-related assignments
  • Ensure you have subscriptions to both Discovery Education and GIZMO to access a good deal of the content in the unit; check with your school's media director to ensure access
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The directions and pacing are very clear, as are expectations for teachers and learners
  • Learning objectives are written concisely and in such a way that students can keep track of their own progress toward mastery