Curriculum Collections: Plate Tectonics Puzzle

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Publication Date:2007
Summary:The Earth's crust is not a solid shell. It is made of thick, interconnecting pieces called tectonic plates that fit together like a puzzle. In this activity, students will: use logic and the evidence to reconstruct the position of large islands and continents as they appeared 220 million years ago; understand the theory of continental movement and plate tectonics; and describe how scientists use different kinds of evidence to form theories.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; 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: 6-8; 9-12; activities; earth; earth science; geologic time; geology; geoscience; high school; middle school; plate tectonics
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