Plate Boundaries Teacher Resources
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Mapping Plate Boundaries
Students discover plate boundaries based on the uneven geographic occurrence of geologic hazards. After discussing geologic hazards, students plot different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps.
Fifth graders investigate the three types of plate boundaries. In this geology lesson, 5th graders model the three types of plate boundaries and how they affect the changes on the Earth's crust.
the biggest Plates on Earth
Students understand the movement of tectonic plates. In this tectonic plates lesson, students access prior knowledge of convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries. Students discuss energy transfer involved in plate motion. Students read an article on Magnetic anomalies. Students write a first had account of a visit to a plate boundary, describing what they would see and the boundaries.
Action at Plate Boundaries
Students diagram the spreading of the ocean floor. In this earth science lesson, students read an article on plate boundaries of the ocean. Students are expected to diagram the oceanic convergent boundary, and give a written response on the types of boundaries.
Cruising the Mantle
Students explore the plate boundaries of the earth. Through the use of video, internet and hands-on activities, students examine the types of plate boundaries. They create a model to illustrate the movement and interaction of the plates. Cross-curricular activities available.
What's the Difference?
Students investigate volcanic processes at convergent and divergent tectonic plate boundaries. They read and analyze diagrams, complete a worksheet, and write an essay.
Learners analyze how plate boundaries shift. In this sliding plates lesson plan, students examine models and identify actions at the plate boundaries. Learners complete a worksheet to assess understanding.
Young scholars create models of plate boundaries to investigate plate behavior. In this earth science lesson, students explain how the difference in density affects boundary movements. They relate how these dynamics cause tsunami.
2005 Submarine Ring of Fire Expedition: Unexplored
Students compare and contrast submarine volcanoes at convergent and divergent plate boundaries, infer kinds of living organisms that may be found around hydrothermal vents, and describe ways in which scientists may prepare to explore unknown areas.
Between a Rock and Hard Place
Students explore he relationship between the density of two plates and the possible boundary types. They describe how the density of the differing plates affects plate boundary interactions. Students construct a graphic which relates the model to plate boundaries and convection currents in the mantle.
Visualizing Plate Movement
Students analyze fault data from Plate Boundary Observatory. In this earth science lesson, students use Google Earth to download data from PBO. They explain the magnitude of plate movements using the vector arrows on the map.
Real Evidence of a Subducting Plate
Students examine data regarding subduction zone plate tectonics. They analyze data tables on plate boundaries on the west coast of South America, and construct a 3-D model of the events in that region.
Yum! Using graham crackers, dried fruit sheets, and frosting, tectonics technicians demonstrate the different types of plate boundaries. If you want to encourage youngsters with an activity that is both educational and edible, then this will hit the mark. Colorful diagrams of the instructions for each type of boundary are included for you to enlarge and display. It would be beneficial to have individuals write an explanation of what occurs at each boundary as an assessment following their snack.
What's the Difference?
High schoolers discover how volcanic processes differ at convergent and divergent tectonic plate boundaries. They identify three geologic features that are associated with most volcanoes on Earth.
How Does Your Magma Grow?
Students identify the three types of plate boundaries and the Earth's tectonic plates system. They examine how the Galapagos Islands were formed and hydrothermal vents.
Students recognize three basic types of tectonic plate boundaries and explain what happens to each one. In plate tectonics lesson students draw and label a cross-sectional diagram of the Earth.
Modeling Plate Tectonics
Students investigate the four different ways tectonic plates interact at their boundaries. Using simple available materials, they create models to simulate these interactions present at plate boundaries.
Young scholars understand how the earths plates form mountains, islands etc. In this explorative lesson students identify the three categories of plate boundaries, study a video and discuss what they learned.
Using the New Zealand plate boundary models
Students examine the differences in the effects of the tectonic plates of New Zealand. In this tectonic plate lesson, students define and explain the process of subduction. Students recognize the difference in the movement of a tectonic plate with and without subduction.
Volcano!-Thar She Blows!
Middle schoolers 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.