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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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