Plate Tectonics Explained

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 narrator covers subduction, divergent boundaries, and convergence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to kick off a plate tectonics unit
  • Pass out maps and have paired pupils locate plate boundaries and theorize about the type of interaction occurring there
Classroom Considerations

  • Written for beginning plate tectonics students
Pros

  • Comparing tectonic plates to baggage on a conveyor belt solidifies the idea that Earth's crust and mantle are in constant motion
  • The simple animations are spot-on in illustrating subduction, divergence, and convergence
Cons

  • None
Common Core