Taking a Ride on a Lithospheric Plate

Assist your pupils and broaden their horizons with several activities that determine the exact positioning of various communities over the globe. Pupils use data from the Global Positioning System to determine the position and rate of movement for individual locations based on current and retroactive data. They also learn to recognize the inconsistencies between rate and direction of plate motion, so they may be further aware of changes taking place in their community as the Earth continues to evolve each year.      

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Instructional Ideas

  • Gather GPS information and prompt your class to map predetermined areas of interest
Classroom Considerations

  • Assist individuals with interpreting GPS data if needed
  • Allow time to properly move through this unit and learn all information before proceeding to the next chapter
Pros

  • Allows the class to predict the future topographical changes taking place in their community
  • Uses current information to teach complex concepts that apply to environmental changes
Cons

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