Lava Lake Tectonics

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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 moving across the lithosphere help connect the concept to a more understandable scale.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Apply the terms convergence, divergence, and subduction as you share the video
  • Discuss how the model of plate tectonics is different from the earth's lithosphere
Classroom Considerations

  • Video does not have any sound
Pros

  • Provides background reading and teaching tips with discussion questions
  • Requires very little class time
Cons

  • None
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