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Formation of the Galapagos Islands Unit for Middle School Science

Formation of the Galapagos Islands
Formation of the Galapagos Islands

Have you ever wondered about the Formation of the Galapagos Islands? Use this unit to help teach your middle school science class about the changing surface of the Earth!

This unit will save you LOTS of prep time and will keep your class engaged! Students will enjoy learning about the Formation of the Galapagos Islands. Includes printable and Google pages for online student use.

Formation of the Galapagos Islands
Formation of the Galapagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands provide us with a rich and ongoing story of geological changes due to plate tectonic, volcanic, and seismic activity. Students will learn about the formation of the Galápagos Archipelago and the ongoing geological processes that continue to shape this region. 

Galapagos Islands continue to form over the same hotspot, however the tectonic plates are continuing to shift and move. This means the Galapagos Islands appear to drift away from the spot where they were first created. Islands closer to the hotspot are the younger islands with still active volcanos. Islands farther from the hotspot are older and have had more time to evolve and change.

Formation of the Galapagos Islands
Formation of the Galapagos Islands

This resource includes multiple activities including four pages of informational text, two pages of comprehension questions, a crossword puzzle, a CER prompt/page, and answer keys for everything! The formation of the Galapagos Islands goes nicely with the changes to the Earth’s surfaces that students need to learn about in middle school science.

Formation of the Galapagos Islands
Formation of the Galapagos Islands

This unit is aligned with standards NGSS MS-ESS2-2 and Utah SEEd 7.2.2.

You can be sure that you’re covering the information that you need to when you are using this unit!

NGSS MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

Utah SEEd 7.2.2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Examples of processes that occur at varying time scales could include slow plate motions or rapid landslides. Examples of processes that occur at varying spatial scales could include the uplift of a mountain range or the deposition of fine sediments.

Formation of the Galapagos Islands
Formation of the Galapagos Islands

I was looking for a new way to teach my students about plate tectonics. The real examples of how these islands were interesting for all of us.

April D.

Formation of the Galapagos Islands
Formation of the Galapagos Islands

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Formation of the Galapagos Islands
Formation of the Galapagos Islands

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    Want to read more about the Galapagos Archipelago? Check out these blog posts Biodiversity in the Galapagos and Conservation Efforts and Environmental Resopnsibility in the Galapagos.Formation of the Galapagos Islands

     

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