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Science - Earth Science
Standard 2 Objective 3
4 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will create a unique project to demonstrate their understanding of plate tectonics.
Brief Activity Description: Students will create a unique project to demonstrate their understanding of plate tectonics. This is an inquiry project with students directing the majority of their learning. Student learning will take place both in and out of class. Students will be required to present their project to the teacher at the completion of the activity. This project may be formatted as an individual, partner, or group assignment.
Objective: To create a unique project which demonstrates the movement of the earths plates and the resulting impacts on the several different spheres of the earth.
Duration: 200 minutes
Safety Concerns: Because the projects may be working models some students may want to get elaborate beyond the typical baking soda and peroxide volcano. They may find recipes on the Internet for explosive and even toxic volcanic reactions. Be sure that you are aware of all chemicals your students will be using. Whenever laptops or computers are used theft and vandalism are always a concern. Be sure students sign out all computers they use and that a count of equipment is done before and after each class period.
Students should have some background in plate tectonics. They should also be familiar with the Internet.
Sample Scoring Guide: See attached student sheet for rubric
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.