Plate boundaries

Plate Tectonics Lesson Plan

  • Unit Start Date

    Unit Start Date
  • Guidelines for a Safe Learning Environment

    Guidelines for a Safe Learning Environment
    In this lesson we will go over the Guidelines for a Safe Learning Environment In the classroom and online. We will also discuss the various websites that will be utilized during this unit, and how to sign up for each.
  • Lab: Clay Spheres

    Lab: Clay Spheres
    This is an inquiry based lab, using clay as a model for the Earth to see how scientists probed the Earth’s internal structure (must be completed first before any notes) .
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    LESSON 1 - LAYERS OF THE EARTH

    4 class periods
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    Plate Tectonics Unit

    20 total class periods.
  • Cornell Notes - Layers for the Earth Prezi

    Cornell Notes - Layers for the Earth Prezi
    Students will take Cornell notes from this this Prezi where I cover the four layers of the Earth, their composition and basic properties. I also briefly discuss how scientists have come to figure out this information even though humans have never traveled into the interior of the Earth.
  • Double Bubble: Compare and Contrast the Inner and Outer Core

    Double Bubble: Compare and Contrast the Inner and Outer Core
    For homework: Students will complete a Double Bubble Thinking Map®. Compare and Contrast the Inner and Outer Core of the Earth. I have made an example map using Popplet, please use your Popplet account to make your own map.
  • Flip Book: Earth's interior and exterior

    Flip Book: Earth's interior and exterior
    Make a Flipbook of the interior and exterior of the Earth. You will draw and label the parts of the Earth and learn/review lesson's vocabulary.
  • Lab: Earth Model

    Lab: Earth Model
    You will show what you have learned about Earth’s layers by making a clay model of the Earth. This model will show your under-standing of the structure of Earth’s layers, particularly in relation to thickness and solid or molten state.
  • Cornell Notes - Pangaea and the Theory of Continental Drift

    Cornell Notes - Pangaea and the  Theory of Continental Drift
    Take Cornell notes from this this Prezi where I cover Alfred Wegners Theory of Continental Drift and Pangaea. I discuss the evidence he found to support his theory, and why it was not accepted while he was still alive.
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    LESSON 2 - PANGAEA AND THE THEORY OF CONTINENTAL DRIFT

    3 class periods
  • Pangaea Puzzle

    Pangaea Puzzle
    In this activity, you will use evidence to try to reconstruct Pangaea. You will interpret the evidence and must defend your position on continental drift.
  • Pangaea Assessment

    Pangaea Assessment
    In this assessment you will apply the knowledge you have gained about convection and how it has changed the world since the time of Pangaea. You must draw and explain what the world will look like 180 million years from now. You must defend their choices in a teacher conference.
  • Cornell Notes - Tectonic Plates and Convection Currents

    Cornell Notes - Tectonic Plates and Convection Currents
    Take Cornell notes from this this PowerPoint where I cover what a tectonic plate is, how many there are and how convection currents work to move them around the surface of the Earth.
  • Bubble Map: Tectonic Plates

    Bubble Map: Tectonic Plates
    For Homework: Complete a Bubble Map Thinking Map®. Describe what a tectonic plate is using adjectives. I have made an example map using Popplet, please use your Popplet account to make your own map.
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    LESSON 3 - TECTONIC PLATES & CONVECTION CURRENTS

    3 class periods
  • Convection currents demontration

    Convection currents demontration
    In this demo I show convection using 4 bottles and some hot and cold water that has been dyed with food coloring.
  • Lab: Modeling Convection in the Mantle

    Lab: Modeling Convection in the Mantle
    In this Lab you will learn the connection between the convection currents within the mantle of the earth and the moving of Earth’s plates, using molasses, corn syrup, graham crackers and boiling water.
  • Assign Plate Boundary Travel Brochure Project

    Assign Plate Boundary Travel Brochure Project
    Plate Boundary Travel Brochure Project is the second part of the summative assessment for the unit. The brochure is due on October 2nd.
  • Lab Report Format

    Lab Report Format
    Use your Quip account with your lab team to collaboratively complete your lab write up. Follow the attached lab report format, and submit a screenshot of your Quip screen showing contributions from all of your team members along with your final draft.
  • Convection Currents Quiz – on Schoology

    Convection Currents Quiz – on Schoology
    This is a 6-question quiz (5 multiple choice and 1 short answer) so I can see where you are at in your understanding of convection currents. Access Code (XVRGK-3DVDW)
  • Cornell Notes - Plate Boundaries

    Cornell Notes - Plate Boundaries
    Take Cornell notes from this this PowerPoint where I cover the thee types of plate boundary interactions and what geological structure or phenomena occurs at each.
  • Tree Map: Plate Boundaries

    Tree Map: Plate Boundaries
    For Homework: Complete a Tree Map Thinking Map®. Categorize the plate boundaries into the three types and what is formed at each. I have made an example map using Popplet, please use your Popplet account to make your own map.
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    LESSON 4 -PLATE BOUNDARIES

    4 Class periods
  • Plate Boundaries Flip Book

    Plate Boundaries Flip Book
    Make a flip book in which you define, draw, and list the geologic structure or phenomena forms at each of the three tectonic plate boundaries.
  • Modeling Plate Boundaries Activity

    Modeling Plate Boundaries Activity
    Use the earthquake data to model a convergent boundary between two plates.
  • Online Plate Model Simulation Instructions

    Online Plate Model Simulation Instructions
    Use the online simulation (link is also in the instructions) to observe the movement of the three types of plate boundaries and to understand how the movement over time of tectonic plates change the surface structures of the Earth.
  • Paleomagnetism: Evidence of plate tectonics

    Paleomagnetism: Evidence of plate tectonics
    Take Cornell notes from this this PowerPoint where I cover what paleomagnetism is and why it is the strongest evidence we have for The Theory of Plate Tectonics.
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    LESSON 5 - EVIDENCE OF PLATE TECTONICS

    3 Class periods
  • Hot Spot demontration

    Hot Spot demontration
    A demonstration using glycerin soap, food coloring, sand, and water to show how a volcanic "hotspot" is formed
  • Lab: Paleomagnetism

    Lab: Paleomagnetism
    A lab activity which shows how paleomagnetic patterns on the ocean floor are used to determine the rate of seafloor spreading.
  • Lab Report Format

    Lab Report Format
    Use your Quip account with your lab team to collaboratively complete your lab write up. Follow the attached lab report format, and submit a screenshot of your Quip screen showing contributions from all of your team members along with your final draft.
  • Paleomagnetism & Seafloor Spreading quiz

    Paleomagnetism & Seafloor Spreading quiz
    This is a 6-question multiple-choice quiz on the Pearson Publishing website. It will allow me to see where you are in your understanding of the evidence supporting the Theory of Plate Tectonics.
  • Unit Test on Schoology

    Unit Test on Schoology
    This is a traditional test including multiple choice and true/false questions. Access Code (XVRGK-3DVDW)
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    SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

    3 Class periods
  • Plate Boundary Travel Brochure Project

    Plate Boundary Travel Brochure Project
    This second part of the summative assessment is to use the Mybrochuremaker website to create a travel brochure that describes and advertises a specific plate boundary location on Earth. It will include information about the structure of the Earth, convection, plate movement, plate boundary interactions, and the evidence supporting these ideas. Students will start this project during class 10 and it will be due after the summative assessment test has been taken. Students will present them.
  • Unit End Date

    Unit End Date
    This is the 20th and final day of the Unit.