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Plate Tectonics for Middle School Science


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Plate tectonic activities are engaging for students. This HUGE integrated unit combines close reading of nonfiction passages on plate tectonics and changes to Earth’s surface with a hands-on lab. Students will love learning about plate tectonics in this engaging unit.

This unit includes:

  • 6 pages of informational text
  • QR code activities
  • 14 interactive notebook flaps
  • 11 response pages
  • map work
  • hands-on activities and labs
  • lab pages
  • quiz
  • answer keys

This resource is designed to meet the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: History of The Planet Earth, Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions, Earth’s Materials and Systems, The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes.

Will address the standard for NGSS Earths Systems:

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


Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions

Science Concepts Addressed Include:

Layers of the Earth

Plate Tectonics

Plate Boundaries

Divergent Boundaries

Convergent Boundaries

Transform Boundaries

Mid Ocean Ridges

Seafloor spreading


The Continental Margin

Constructing and Explanation Based on Evidence


Making Inferences

Pacific Ring of Fire