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Plate Tectonics Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans


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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.

gsa Mid-Ocean Ridge Spreading Demonstration Model
This lesson plan is a project that demonstrates divergent plate boundaries through a classroom activity. This classroom activity can easily be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.

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.

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.

gsa Real Evidence of a Subducting Plate
This lesson plan demonstrates subducting plates and provides students with actual data to interpret. This classroom activity is useful for helping elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

DonorsChoose.org Small Grants for Science Teachers
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.

national geographic The Ring of Fire
This lesson plan demonstrates how plate tectonics and the ring of fire are related through a classroom activity. This demonstration is a good way to introduce and expand the topic of plate tectonics for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.

weather eye 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.

gsa Towel Geology
This Lesson plan allows students to examine geologic processes through a classroom activity. This demonstration illustrates these concepts so elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students can easily understand the processes.

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.

gsa Sea-Floor Spreading Made Easy
This lesson plan gives students the ability to investigate sea-floor spreading and magnetism direction through a classroom activity. This demonstration can be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.
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.


DonorsChoose.org Small Grants for Science Teachers
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.

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

National Science Teachers Association
An organization providing resources, professional development, education conferences, and much more!.

Associations for Science Teachers
NSTA's list of science teaching societies in U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Find professional development near you.



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