The Theory of Plate Tectonics

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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 learners as they learn about the structure of the earth.

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NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign this resource as an in-class or homework exercise during an earth science unit on plate tectonics
  • With a partner or in small groups, have students read through the text and answer the questions before having a whole class discussion
  • Extend the lesson by having students work in small groups creating posters that define and illustrate the different types of plate boundaries
Classroom Considerations
  • Have students record their answers to the reading comprehension questions on a separate sheet of paper, as the worksheet does not provide much space for writing
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Offers note-taking strategies to support students with understanding the informational text
  • A glossary of key terms relating to plate tectonics is provided at the end of the document
  • Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold throughout the text
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