# 4-ESS2-2 Tectonic Plate Boundary Landforms Lab Stations Activity

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SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

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Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 4-ESS2-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Tectonic Plate Boundary Landforms Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Describe the main idea of the theory of Plate Tectonics.
2. Identify landforms (mountain ranges, ocean ridges, trenches and volcanoes) that form at or near plate boundaries.
3. Analyze and interpret maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features and seismic activity at or near plate boundaries.
4. Predict the location of convergent and divergent plate boundaries using maps that show elevation changes in Earth’s surface.
5. Model how the motion of tectonic plates shapes Earth’s surface.

Science Skills Station
Students will study maps of Earth’s surface and seafloor structures at this station. From these maps, students will identify patterns in the location of landforms as well as major seismic events (earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). Students will make predictions about the location of plate boundaries using these maps.

Narrative Station
Students will watch a video about Plate Tectonics and how mapping the ocean floor revolutionized our understanding of tectonic plates and changes Earth’s surface. Students will then read about notable landforms that form at or near tectonic plate boundaries.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to Plate Tectonic Theory and landforms that form at or near the boundaries. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will be provided images of plate boundary landforms. Students will construct an illustrative model of the plate boundary that leads to the formation of those landforms so to describe how the motion of tectonic plates shapes Earth’s surface.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

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