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Plate Tectonics Convection Lab

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


 

Summary:
Students will model and observe the process of convection as it moves Earths crust.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 2 Objective 1

Evaluate the source of Earth's internal heat and the evidence of Earth's internal structure.

Materials:
Per group:

  • 1 clear plastic or glass pie pan
  • 5 Styrofoam cups
  • pipettes
  • food coloring
  • water
  • paper towels
  • heat source
  • sawdust
  • student worksheet (attached)

Attachments

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Collect the materials including finding a source of hot water. Very hot tap water will work but is often unavailable.
  2. Ask students if they have ever swum in a lake. Ask where the coldest water is and see if students know why. Ask students if their feet are ever cold indoors in the winter and why that might be.
  3. Read the introduction and directions with the students and show them where materials are located.
  4. Allow time for students to work in groups to complete the tasks.
  5. Ask a representative from different groups to come to the board and draw their results on the different tests. Discuss what happened on each and why.
  6. Allow time for students to finish the analysis questions.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring Guide:

1. Students set up and test their apparatus……………………………….4
2. Students record data accurately…………………………………………4
3. Students participate in post lab discussion…………………………….4
4. Analysis questions are correctly answered …………………………….4
5. Conclusion thoughtfully written…………………………………………..4

Bibliography:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Author:
Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 05 2014 07:52 AM

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