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Teach Plate Tectonics With Drawings
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Teaching Plate Tectonics: Use these easy-to-draw illustrations to teach your students about plate tectonics. Step-by-step teaching plan that can be modified for a variety of grade levels.

plate tectonics Teaching Plate Tectonics
A good lesson plan that demonstrates plate tectonics through easy-to-draw illustrations. This plate tectonics lesson plan can easily be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.
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East Africa Rift East Africa's Great Rift Valley
The East African Rift System (EARS) is one the geologic wonders of the world, a place where the earth's tectonic forces are presently trying to create new plates by splitting apart old ones.

plate tectonics map Plate Tectonics Map - Plate Boundary Map
This resource that can be incorporated into many classroom activities. This interactive map demonstrates divergent, convergent, and transform plate boundaries with satellite images and maps.


dynamic planet map This Dynamic Planet
The Smithsonian Institute, The United States Geological Survey, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have produced one of the best resources for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics. It is a map titled "This Dynamic Planet" - available in pdf format or as a large-format wall map. It can be used for a wide variety of teaching activities with elementary, secondary, and university students. A teaching companion booklet is also available.
The Moho What is the Moho?
The Mohorovicic Discontinuity, or "Moho," is the boundary between the crust and the mantle. In geology the word "discontinuity" is used for a surface at which seismic waves change velocity.
Science Spot Plate Tectonics
This plate tectonics lesson plan has a collection of many activities for the students to perform. This interactive lesson plan can be used for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.


noaa Mystery of the Megaplume
This lesson plan requires students to use their basic knowledge of plate tectonics to solve greater mysteries. This classroom activity is appropriate for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students with minor modifications.
pbs Plate Tectonics
This plate tectonics lesson plan involves a classroom activity to help students understand the processes that move and shape Earth's surface. This lesson plan is useful for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.
purdue Foam Model Plate Tectonics
This lesson plan gives students a demonstration to visualize the concept of plate tectonics. This classroom activity can be used to introduce or expand plate tectonics for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.


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A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year. DonorsChoose.org.

WaterproofPaper.com Free Graph Paper and Free Maps
Your students can get free printable graph paper, printable maps, printable calendars and more at WaterproofPaper.com, a website affiliated with Geology.com.

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Associations for Science Teachers
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More Plate Tectonics
  Explore Plate Boundaries
  What Is The Moho?
  Teaching Plate Tectonics
  How Deep Does Magma Form
  Geology Tools
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  The East Africa Rift System
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