Make Your Own Earth and tectonic Globes

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:United States Department of the Interior (DOI); United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Publication Date:1993
Summary:This report contains instructions and two patterns for making a terrestrial globe and a tectonic globe. The pattern or map projection is designed to be glued onto a used tennis ball. The terrestrial globe is intended to help visualize the location of the continents and oceans. The purpose of the tectonic globe is to help visualize the location of the Earth's plates and types of plate boundaries (e.g., spreading, convergent, and transform). By constructing and examining the globes, students and others will obtain a greater appreciation of why the edges of continents are located where they are, and the shape and position of the Earth's plates and their boundaries. This exercise will give the students an insight as to how the parts of Earth's surface are put together. Included in this report are the patterns (map projections), instructions for assembly, educator's guides, and a simple description of terrestrial and tectonic globes.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C; ESS2.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS1-4; 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: 6-8; 9-12; doi; earth; elementary school; geology; geoscience; high school; k-5; k-5 geosource; middle school; model; plate tectonics; usgs
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