Interactives: Dynamic Earth

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
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6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Annenberg Learner
Summary:Dynamic Earth is an interactive website where students can learn about the structure of the Earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The first section focuses on the layers that make up the Earth , from the thin crust on the surface all the way down to the metallic core at the very center. Next, the interactive explores the concept of plate tectonics , the well-accepted theory that states the Earth is broken up into about a dozen separate plates that are in constant motion. Students will learn the names of the tectonic plates and will be able to identify whether certain plates are moving toward, spreading apart from, or sliding past each other. Finally, students will learn how mountains and other structures and earthquakes and other major geological events are caused by slipping, sliding, and colliding of tectonic plates.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-3; MS-ESS2-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Stability and change
Subjects: dynamic planet; earth; earth science; earthquake; geoscience; mountain; plate tectonics; volcano
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