SEEd - Grade 7
Strand 7.2: CHANGES TO EARTH OVER TIMEEarth's processes are dynamic and interactive, and are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among Earth’s systems. Energy from the sun and Earth's internal heat are the main sources driving these processes. Plate tectonics is a unifying theory that explains crustal movements of Earth’s surface, how and where different rocks form, the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanoes, and the distribution of fossil plants and animals.
Ask questions and analyze and interpret data about the patterns between plate tectonics and:
1) The occurrence of earthquakes and volcanoes.
2) Continental and ocean floor features.
3) The distribution of rocks and fossils.
Examples could include identifying patterns on maps of earthquakes and volcanoes relative to plate boundaries, the shapes of the continents, the locations of ocean structures (including mountains, volcanoes, faults, and trenches), and similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents. (ESS1.C, ESS2.B)
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