Use this unit to help teach your middle school science class about Earth’s surface changes and Plate Tectonics!
This Plate Tectonics unit will save you TONS of prep time and will keep your class engaged!
In this unit, students will learn about changes to the Earth’s surface due to plate tectonic activity.Students will love learning about Plate Tectonics and Changes to the Earth’s Surface.
This unit plate tectonics for middle school contains a variety of activities, including: six pages of informational text, QR code activities, 14 interactive notebook flaps, 11 response pages, map work, hands-on activities and labs, labs pages, a quiz, and answer keys for everything.
This Plate Tectonics unit is HUGE!
Plate tectonics describes the motions of the 15 to 20 large rigid and brittle tectonic plates into which the Earth’s outermost layer (called the “lithosphere”) is broken. It does a good job at explaining the distribution of most of Earth’s earthquakes, mountains and other geological features, and a particularly good job at explaining features on the ocean floor. However, it is challenged to explain the details of the older rocks on the continents, and the occurrence of deformation and earthquakes off of plate boundaries
Wonderful unit. This followed my curriculum super well and was a great supplement when the curriculum did not provide enough information. The articles and questions were great for homework, review, and sub days.
This is a standards-aligned unit!
This resource will help you cover NGSS MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, and Utah SEEd 7.2.5, 7.2.2.
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.
NGSS MS-ESS2-3: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions.
Utah SEEd 7.2.5: Ask questions and analyze and interpret data about the patterns between plate tectonics and:
(1) The occurrence of earthquakes and volcanoes.
(2) Continental and ocean floor features.
(3) The distribution of rocks and fossils.
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.
This resource was great for teaching about plate tectonics. Loved the reading passages and interactive notebook pieces.
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My students loved the lab and reading passages and the interactive notebook inserts. Aligns well with standards.
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Lab Activity for Plate Tectonics
Students will love this Plate Tectonics Lab that is included! Use frosting and crackers to teach the different types of plate tectonic activity You will need paper plates, graham crackers, frosting, and fruit rolls. You will also need a plastic knife.