Plate Boundaries Teacher Resources
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There is one page of teacher preparation and notes on this PowerPoint. The remaining 27 slides are designed to reinforce student knowledge of plate tectonics. The last slide has 10 questions that can be posed to the class. This is a fabulous PowerPoint with all of the details needed to review a complete unit.
The Pangaea Pop-up
Clever! The amazing animation for this video on continental drift is made up of the pages of a sophisticated pop-up book, The Moving Earth. As the pages turn, your earth scientists will discover the tectonic plates of the lithosphere and the molten material of the asthenosphere.
5th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Biggest Plates on Earth
The best part about teaching guides is all the great information you can use to inform your class. They infer what type of boundary exists between two tectonic plates. Then, using given information on earthquakes and volcanism they'll determine if their guesses are correct.
5th - 6th Science
Lessons - Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
Volcanoes are among the most spectacular geological features on the planet. Jump into an exploration of these amazing phenomenon with this multimedia lesson series. Working collaboratively in small groups, young scientists view videos and use online simulations as they learn about the formation of different types of volcanoes through the action of tectonic plates.
6th - 12th Science
Plate Tectonics-Geological features of Convergent Plate Boundaries
A video on plate tectonics recaps divergent and convergent boundaries. It then discusses the circumstances surrounding subduction at oceanic and continental plates versus subducton at 2 oceanic boundaries. Additionally, the video explains the likelihood of earthquakes and resultant mountain ranges, islands, and trenches, such as the Mariana Arc.
6 mins 8th Science
When Plates Collide
Learners investigate tectonic plates. In this geology and geography lesson, students construct convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries using oobleck, foam, and tile. A large amount of background information and relevant website resources are provided for teachers and learners.
5th - 6th Science
Volcano!-Thar She Blows!
Students describe how volcanoes are formed. They name the types of boundaries where volcanoes occur. They utilize models to illustrate the occurence of volcanoes and earthquakes along plate boundaries. They compare and constrast the characteristics of types of volcanoes.
6th - 8th Science
This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
Earth's tectonics plates are explained at middle school level in this PowerPoint. It is packed with maps, satellite images, diagrams, and photographs to support the concepts taught. Differentiate between the lithosphere and asthenosphere, compare oceanic and continental plates, explore three types of boundaries, and comprehend convection currents in Earth's mantle.
5th - 8th Science