Plate Tectonics Teacher Resources
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This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate TectonicsLesson Planet
5th - 8th
Discuss Earth's tectonic plates at middle school level with an informative presentation. Packed with maps, satellite images, diagrams, and photographs, the slideshow connects with any curriculum focused on plate tectonics. It...
The Theory of Plate TectonicsLesson Planet
4th - 7th CCSS: Adaptable
Don't let this plate tectonics resource slip past you! Taken straight from the pages of a McGraw-Hill science textbook, this document provides a reading passage with maps and reading comprehension questions that support students as they...
Edible Plate TectonicsLesson Planet
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Many people think they can't observe plate tectonics, but thanks to GPS, we know that Australia moves at a rate of 2.7 inches per year, North America at 1 inches per year, and the Pacific plate at more than 3 inches per year! Scholars...
Plate Tectonics - Evolution of the EarthLesson Planet
7th - 12th
Tons of photographs, diagrams, animations, and satellite images fill the slides of an education earth science presentation. It begins with volcanic activity and earthquakes, and then moves into plate tectonics, boundaries, and driving...
Plate TectonicsLesson Planet
9 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
An engaging video explores plate tectonics, from the evidence to support the theory to their movement. The analysis of the location of worldwide earthquakes shows scholars where major tectonic plates meet. The instructor differentiates...
Plate Tectonics Day 4 Earth's Interior Structure and Convection CurrentsLesson Planet
6th - 8th
Students introduced to the interior structure of the Earth. They explore how the Earth's interior is broken down according to both it's physical properties and it's chemical composition. Students explore how convection currents within...
Treasures of the Earth | When Did Plate Tectonics Begin?Lesson Planet
4 mins 6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Scientists know Earth's plates are constantly moving. One big question scientists have is, "When did they start moving?" PBS 6-8 Story of Earth series presents the research of one scientist trying to answer this question. Viewers learn...
Plate Tectonics ExplainedLesson Planet
3 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Ready to teach plate tectonics but not sure where to begin? Start with a short video that is long on learning! Junior earth scientists discover the basics of plate tectonics, complete with colorful analogies and explanations. The...
Miss Selle's Science Songs - Plate TectonicsLesson Planet
4 mins 5th - 8th
Middle school scientists will think you're the coolest teacher on the planet when you use this video to help them understand the basics of plate tectonics. The lyrics, compiled by science teacher Sue Selle, are played to the music from...
Earth Materials - Geology and Plate TectonicsLesson Planet
5th - 8th
Not going into depth on any one topic, this Earth science presentation skims the crust. It touches on the materials that construct the crust and then moves into plate tectonics. This is a useful and colorful note-taking guide for your...
Earthquakes Living Lab: The Theory of Plate TectonicsLesson Planet
6th - 8th
Find out if your class agrees with Ice Age: Continental Drift ... or if it's just a fun family movie! Class members research the theory of continental drift, examine evidence of plate tectonics, connect this information to engineering,...
Plate Tectonics Writing AssignmentLesson Planet
9th - Higher Ed
Learners complete a writing assignment focused on the use of data to support the theory of plate tectonics. They access data using the "Our Dynamic Planet" CDROM, capture images of the data plots, and incorporate them into their writing. T