Plate Tectonics: Predicting How Plate Tectonics Will Change the Earth

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This is a lesson that will teach students how the earth has changed and ask them to predict how it will look in the future due to plate tectonics.

Students use basic fossil evidence to create a pangea-like formation of the continents. The student analyze their formation to determine how the continents have moved to reach their present positions. Using the motions they have determined the students predict the movement of the continents into the future. A map of current plate motion is used to analyze the predictions during a think-pair-share.

This lesson has two versions to pick from.
In the easy version students have color coded evidence.
In the harder version students graph their own evidence using letter symbols.

Teachers may also choose between one day of graphing, or graphing as a bell ringer or warm up over several days.

This project addresses Ohio State Earth Science Standard: Research the most recent measurements of North America. Using this data and the movement of North America throughout geologic time, predict where North America will be in 600 million years or more. Create a model to demonstrate that movement.
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Plate Tectonics: Predicting How Plate Tectonics Will Chang
Plate Tectonics: Predicting How Plate Tectonics Will Chang
Plate Tectonics: Predicting How Plate Tectonics Will Chang
Plate Tectonics: Predicting How Plate Tectonics Will Chang