Plate Tectonics NGSS MS-ESS2-2 and MS-ESS2-3

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Learning Objective

Students will construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface. Students will analyze data of past plate motions.

Description

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

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They will interpret data about the distribution of fossils and learn about seafloor spreading. The labs for plate tectonics are easy to do with just a few materials.

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.

MS-ESS2-3.

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

Subduction

The Continental Margin

Constructing and Explanation Based on Evidence

Research

Making Inferences

Pacific Ring of Fire

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices used in These Lessons:

1. Asking questions

2. Developing and using models

3. Planning and carrying out investigations

4. Analyzing and interpreting data

5. Constructing explanations

6. Engaging in argument from evidence

7. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

NGSS Standards Addressed:

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

MS-ESS2-3.

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

Utah SEEd

Standard 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

Standard 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.

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Teaching Duration
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NGSSMS-ESS2-2
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
NGSSMS-ESS2-3
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches). Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

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