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Plate Tectonics Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations
This resource is designed for a Plate Tectonics unit. It contains 4 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!
Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 4 Reading Passages!
COMMON CORE ALIGNED!
Aligned with Plate Tectonics Interactive Notebook (Not required to use this resource, but recommended)
Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:
1.) Pangaea & The Continental Drift
-Description of Pangaea (the hypothetical supercontinent that includes all current land masses)
-Alfred Wegener and his theory
-Describes continental drift and defines the different parts of the earth that can slide, move apart, or move together.
-Describes what geologists do and how they can tell that the continents drifted apart (rock formations, coal deposits, etc.)
Keywords: Pangaea, Alfred Wegener, continental drift, continental plate, oceanic plate, ocean trenches, lithosphere, mid-ocean ridge, oceanic crust, geologist
2.) Volcanoes, Tsunamis, And Earthquakes, Oh My!
-Overview of geological events that can occur after the shifting of tectonic plates.
-Description of volcanoes and where they are located (and why)
-Description of tsunamis and where they are located
-Description of earthquakes and where they tend to occur. Also describes what can happen after an earthquake (volcanic eruption, landslide, etc.)
3.) Plate Tectonics: How Plates Move
-Overview of the mechanics of how tectonic plates move
-Describes transform boundaries, divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries in detail
-Describes why plates move (convective flow)
Keywords: transform boundaries, divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries, convective flow
4.) All About Seismic Waves
-Overview of seismic waves
-Overview of how they are recorded (seismograph) and the different parts of a seismograph
-Definitions of P waves, S waves, surface waves, and body waves
-How seismic waves are produced (by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, explosions)
Keywords: seismograph, seismic waves, P waves, S waves, surface waves, body waves
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