Plate Boundaries Teacher Resources

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Demonstrate the movement of lithospheric plates due to convection in Earth's mantle. Learners then model the movements that occur along plate boundaries using colored clay. 
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.
Young scholars investigate volcanic processes at convergent and divergent tectonic plate boundaries. They read and analyze diagrams, complete a worksheet, and write an essay.
Students analyze how plate boundaries shift. In this sliding plates activity, students examine models and identify actions at the plate boundaries. Students complete a worksheet to assess understanding. 
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.
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 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.
Students discuss safety procedures of how to be prepared in an earthquake, discuss plate boundaries, and complete a worksheet. For this earthquake lesson plan, students also make an emergency kit.
Students recreate three types of plate boundaries using graham crackers, fruit roll, and frosting. Students illustrate what happens during each recreation being sure to label each geological term appropriately. Students answer the questions as included on the lesson sheet.
Though several of the images are blurry, this slide show on plate tectonics is terrific! Simply take a little time to replace blurry diagrams with higher quality variations, and you are set to rock your earth science class!
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.
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.
Students differentiate transform, divergent and convergent motions. In this earth science lesson, students explain how geologists use these to analyze plate motion. They draw arrow on maps to represent the direction of plate movement.
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.  Some great images and diagrams are included to illustrate examples or to show names and detailed facts.
Students 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 students.
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students take notes on the types of plate boundaries including divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries and transform boundaries and they explain how plates move.
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students review how the lithosphere is broken into plates and the different ways these plates move. Students compare divergent, convergent, and transform plate boundaries. This worksheet has 1 graphic organizer, 1 multiple choice, 3 matching, 8 fill in the blank, and 3 short answer questions.
In this moving continents worksheet, students review the different types of plate boundaries, what causes earthquakes, and where volcanoes are formed. This worksheet has 10 fill in the blank and 9 short answer questions.
Students measure movements in the Earth's crust due to seismic activity. Students calculate the amount of displacement in horizontal and vertical direction due to an earthquake.