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Standard 2
Students will understand Earth's internal structure and the dynamic nature of the tectonic plates that form its surface.
Objective 2
Describe the development of the current theory of plate tectonics and the evidence that supports this theory.
  • Locations of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
    Students will map the location of various earthquakes and volcanoes. They will then relate the location of this phenomenon with the location of plate boundaries.
  • Plate Tectonics Unit Introduction
    Students will make puzzles and apply the logic they use to assembling a puzzle to the logic used by Alfred Wegner in coming up with his hypothesis of Continental Drift.
  • Wegener’s Fossil Safari
    In this activity students go on an expedition where they find fossils of extinct organisms. Students will obtain a picture of what life on Earth was like 250 million years ago.
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  • Physical Characteristics of Places: The Fossil Rec
    This lesson asks students to consider how the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates alters the physical characteristics of places over geologic time. They will also investigate how climate has changed in specific world regions since the time of the dinosaurs.
  • The Ring of Fire
    Students improve their understanding of the theory of plate tectonics and the Earth's geological history as they investigate the region known as the Ring of Fire.
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