Solid Earth and Plate Tectonics

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Summary:"This 2-week lesson plan uses a variety of activities to provide an engaging unit on the Solid Earth -, from an overview of the layers, to details of crustal processes, especially plate tectonics. Activities included are (1) a lab on density and differentiation, (2) an activity on understanding the geomagnetic field reversals recorded as """"""""magnetic stripes"""""""" on the sea-floor, (3) an activity using Google Earth to explore plate boundaries and their geologic features, and (4) a card game for plate tectonics review called SUPERcontinents! Supporting lecture slides included."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 2; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Stability and change
Subjects: earth; plate tectonics
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