NEW, UPDATED VERSION 3.0
This is an ADI (Argument Driven Inquiry) Activity. Students will answer the guiding question, will California, eventually over time break off into the Pacific Ocean? Students will have to draw evidence from text, USGS data, USGS maps and a news article to support their answer.
The data is broken up into 5 sections.
Part 1: California background Research
Students will read information about rock formations in California.
Part 2: University Research
Students will read research about the different types of plate boundaries and their effects.
Part 3: USGS Data
Students are provided with data for 3 locations, Chili in South America (Pacific Ocean side of South America), Reykjanes Ridge (In the Atlantic Ocean, North to Iceland), and California. All data shown indicates every major earthquake in the region with a magnitude of 6.5 or greater from 1930 – 2014.
Part 4: Maps
Students will analyze maps that included locations of volcanoes along with depth of earthquakes.
Part 5: News Article
Students will read about the differences between rift valleys and mid ocean ridges, an often misunderstood difference in Earth Science.
Students will collect their evidence and organize it on chart paper. They will then justify their claim to the guiding question using the evidence they pulled from the data.
Please Note: The reading level on page 1 is a little advanced for your gen-ed 6th and 7th grade classes. A close read is recommended for page 1. Based on your students reading levels, this can add or subtract from the amount of time this activity will take.
Vocabulary in this activity includes:
Continental Drift, convergent, divergent, transform, mid-ocean ridge, rift valley, sea floor spreading, volcanoes.