Get ready to study plate tectonics! Plate tectonics affect everything from the locations of continents to earthquakes and volcanoes! This is a key topic to cover when studying earth science, environmental science, or geology. This unit includes everything you need for a great plate tectonics unit – activities, informational handouts, worksheets, classroom decor, projects, flashcards, and more!
Age group: This unit was created with universal design in mind and can easily be adapted to work for a range of ages from upper elementary school through high school.
Materials Included (48-page PDF file)
→ PART 1: EARTH’S LAYERS: earth’s layers reading, density activity, diagrams, and layers of the Earth model project. Plus, advanced: compositional vs. mechanical layers
→ PART 2: TECTONIC PLATES: activity ideas, reading, map interpretation questions
→ PART 3: BOUNDARY TYPES: convergent, divergent, and transform boundary types. Includes informational flashcards, diagrams, blank student sheets
→ PART 4: VOLCANOES: introductory reading, types of volcanoes, inside a volcano, volcano vocabulary. Plus a volcano research project
→ PART 5: EARTHQUAKES: handouts, earthquake vocab, earthquake research project
→ Instructor materials: directions/guides and answer key
+ Bonus materials: online resources & suggestions for expanding upon this unit’s topic are available here.
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