Lesson Plan

Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes

This lesson will help students identify Earth's plates using earthquake patterns.
Shelley B.
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Lockport High School (Lockport, NY)
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects Science

Students will be able to...identify Earth's plates using various earthquake patterns.

Grades 9 - 10
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1 Hook

I will start with showing a video on the basics of plate tectonics using Science 360.

This will leave the students wanting more because the video includes clips of Eatth's dynamic plate boundaries.

2 direct instruction

Activity: Investigating — http://www.learner.org/interactives/dynamicearth/drift.html

I will have students use the web site: Interactives, Dynamic Earth on lap tops.

As the students interact through the content they will learn about the different types of plate boundaries.

If the students choose the wrong answer they are led to a review section to explain concept further.

While the students are exploring their way through the program I will expect a summary of the three types of plate boundaries and the processes that cause their motion.

3 Guided Practice

Students will use the above app to create maps using plate tectonic information.

4 independent practice

Students will pick a particular plate boundary on Earth.  They will use Google Earth to look at how the plate boundary looks today.  

The student will write a report about the history of the plate boundary and start with the beginning of plate tectonics (National Geographic web site) and discussing some changes that happend at that particular boundary over time.

5 Wrap-Up

Students will work in small groups using the QuakeFeed app to complete a lab identifying plate boundaries through various real time earthquake patterns.