What do plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes have in common? Why?
Enduring Understandings: [The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand…]
How plate tectonics, volcanoes, and earthquakes shape our everyday lives.
Big Ideas for Unit being addressed:
• Plate Tectonics
• Prime Meridian
Instructional Objectives: [Knowledge, Procedure, Skills]
Students will be able to:
• Plot the location of each earthquake and volcano on a given reference map.
• Discuss the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes over the surface of the Earth.
• Discuss the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes in relation to crustal plates.
Performance Task(s) this lesson supports. Students will demonstrate their understanding by…
• Plotting volcanoes and earthquakes on a given reference map.
• Use the ability to place points using the longitude and latitude method.
Evidence of Student Learning:
[Assigned Classwork, Homework, Formative Assessments, Checks for Understanding, etc]
• Discussion with shoulder partner or group.
• Check for understanding with the teacher.
• Investigating the Earth’s crustal plates by studying earthquakes and volcanoes handout.
Colorado K-12 Content Standard(s)/Grade Level Expectation(s) Being Addressed
• 1. Use different types of maps and geographic tools to analyze features on Earth to investigate and solve geographic questions.
o Gather data, make inferences and draw conclusions from maps and other visual representations (DOK 1-3)
o Analyze and present information using a variety of geographic tools and geographic findings in graphs, tables, charts, and thematic maps (DOK 1-3)
o Locate physical and human features and evaluate their implications for society (DOK 1-3)
Strategies for Differentiating Instruction for ALL STUDENTS:
• Students will be given the opportunity to work in groups or by themselves.
• Checks for understanding from the teacher.
• Student-led interaction with maps and discussion.