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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 3

Demonstrate how the motion of tectonic plates affects Earth and living things.
  • Jigsaw Reading and Lesson Design Activity
    In small groups, students will use textbooks, reference books, and/or the Internet to research and then teach a topic related to plate tectonics
  • Liquefaction Lab
    Students will design a lab to discover how and why liquefaction would occur and relate to how that would affect the biosphere.
  • 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.
  • Mountain Barriers
    Students will understand how abiotic factors can influence biotic factors and how the lithosphere interacts with the atmosphere.
  • Natural Disaster Essays
    Students will research an historic natural disaster. Research will include information on the disasters' impacts to weather, climate, waterways and surrounding ecosystems. The research will be compiled into a concise essay.
  • Plate Tectonics Convection Lab
    Students will model and observe the process of convection as it moves Earths crust.
  • Tectonic Project
    Students will create a unique project to demonstrate their understanding of plate tectonics.
  • Where Are the Plates?
    Students will use the trenches, ridges and rises to determine the plate boundaries on Earth.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Milo  Maughan and see the Science - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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