Sea-Floor Spreading and Subduction Model

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Link to Resource: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1999/ofr-99-0132/
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Publication Date:2013
Summary:This report describes how to build a model of the outer 300 km (180 miles) of the Earth that can be used to develop a better understanding of the principal features of plate tectonics, including sea-floor spreading, the pattern of magnetic stripes frozen into the sea floor, transform faulting, thrust faulting, subduction, and volcanism. In addition to a paper copy of this report, the materials required are a cardboard shoebox, glue, scissors, straight edge, and safety razor blade.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 4; Big Idea 5
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change
Subjects: activities; model; oceans; plate tectonics; usgs
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