The Biggest Plates on Earth

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The deepest part of the ocean is the Marianas trench where two tectonic plates meet. Scholars explore plate tectonics and their boundary types by completing hands-on activities throughout the lesson. Specific areas, such as the Galapagos and the Hawaiian islands, are a focus for two activities as well. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Great activities to teach plate tectonics and boundaries
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity consists of five separate lessons; depending upon teacher needs and efficiency of classes, duration may be shorter than two weeks
  • Quite a few different maps are necessary for these activities and linked in the materials portion of each lesson
  • Part five in a series of 10
  • Five separate lessons that flow and connect to teach major concepts in plate tectonics
  • Activities also include independent portions that really challenge individuals
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