Edible Plate Tectonics

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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 explore plate tectonics through hands-on observations with foods. They also watch a video and complete data tables as part of an enjoyable lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Map recent earthquakes and discuss any relationships between plate boundaries
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware of any food allergies before handing out materials
  • Requires prior knowledge of the layers of Earth
Pros

  • Memorable way to learn plate tectonics
  • Includes high levels of pupil engagement throughout
  • Provides teacher tips when necessary
Cons

  • None