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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.
  • Activities and Teaching Suggestions for Plate Tech
    Brief explanation and diagram of the theory of how the earth's crust changes over time.
  • Earth and Space Science OER Textbook for Utah SEEd Standards
    The Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook project was started to bring Utah teachers together to create a resource that aligns to Utah core science standards. The Utah Science OER textbooks are not intended to be curriculum as they do not include labs, assessments, or a teacher guide with answers. They are intended as a reference material for students with content to support teachers classroom instruction and help make sense of science concepts found in standards. This OER textbook is also available in other languages at
  • Earth Movers
    In this lesson, students will learn about the idea of continental drift and the theory of plate tectonics to ascertain a fuller picture of how land formations on earth's surface are shaped by plates moving below the surface.
  • Food Chains and Webs
    The basics: energy and trophic levels.
  • Fossils and Geologic Time
    This lesson is designed to help students understand the development of the geologic time scale. It also introduces students to the major time periods in earth's history, as well as to the role fossils play in helping us understand this history.
  • Geology: Plate Tectonics
    Learn about the history and mechanisms of plate tectonics. Contains several large but good animations.
  • IRIS Earthquake Browser
    Take a look at this world map that shows where earthquakes are founds around the globe and see how powerful they were.
  • This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
    Online book with wealth of information. Learn history, study earthquakes, understand volcanoes.
  • University of Utah Seismograph Stations
    In addition to information on recent earthquakes in the state, you can also find information on quakes in Utah's past.
  • Volcano World
    Colorful and thorough site with information about volcanoes worldwide.

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 - Richard  Scott and see the Science - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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