Teacher Review For Puzzling Plates

Visual, tactile introduction to tectonic plates and the relationship between plate margins, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

Jennifer V.
Classroom teacher
Gallego Basic Elementary School
Tucson, AZ
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use this app to introduce students to the idea of plate tectonics and the relationships between plate movements and volcanic activity and earthquakes. These are not 3rd grade science standards but it is interesting content, encourages students to read expository text within the app, and engages them in making connections between the different branches of science.
My Take
I don't think this could be the core of any high level lessons but it is a tool that could be used across all age-levels to help students start thinking about tectonic plates. Older students could easily memorize plates and their relative sizes using this app, as well as make some important observations about where earthquakes and volcanoes cluster. They can also learn about the different types of plate movements in a tactile way that is much more engaging than a geography book diagram!