Plate Tectonics Tennis Ball Globe

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Link to Resource: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vsc/file_mngr/file-139/This_Dynamic_Planet-Teaching_Companion_Packet.pdf
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Format:pdf
Organization:United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Summary:This activity creates a mini globe that shows the major plate boundaries of the world. It provides each student with his or her own physical model of the Earth's plates and helps teach how hard it is to accurately portray a sphere (three-dimensional) on a flat map (two-dimensional). Students will also be able to discuss the Continental Drift Theory, pointing out its merits and downfalls.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:2-ESS2-2; 4-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Planning and carrying out investigations; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Structure and function
Subjects: earth; geology; maps; plate tectonics
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