Plate Boundaries and Plate Interactions

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 plates around various geographical areas. They conclude with a discussion on plate tectonics and current settings within their local communities.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals research the history of plate tectonics and its evolution over the past millennium; relate their findings to your local geographical area
  • Show video segments to further aid the class in visualizing plate boundaries and their importance 
Classroom Considerations

  • Aid English learners with any assessment questions or tasks as needed
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  • Offers the ability to witness occurrences, from a digital perspective, that determine patterns in Earth's foundational structure
  • The lesson is easy to expand with an activity to predict shifts in plates for other geographical locations around the globe

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