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Plate Tectonics & Rock Cycle Doodle/Diagram Notes- Distance learning

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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12 pages
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Plate Tectonics and Rock Cycle Diagram/Doodle Notes

For Earth Science, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science. Detailed notes for high school, but easy to use for Middle School as well.

12 pages including 4 worksheets for students and 8 keys. Detail about these concepts:

· Layers of the Earth

· Convection

· Divergent plate boundary

· 3 types of convergent plate boundaries

· Transform plate boundary

· Hot Spot Volcanoes

· Major tectonic features

· 2 Rock Cycle diagrams

Copying in black and white works great!

Keys included.

For distance learning, I make an overhead video of my hands where I fill in the diagrams, draw and color. Students watch and fill in their own worksheets. You can even use a virtual PDF annotation site such as Kami with students.

Do not post on the internet for students except on a secure learning management system such as Google Classroom, Canvas, Blackboard etc. Thank you.

The key has detail needed at the high school level.

Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks. Emphasis is on the ability of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks. Examples include evidence of the ages oceanic crust increasing with distance from mid-ocean ridges (a result of plate spreading) and the ages of North American continental crust decreasing with distance away from a central ancient core of the continental plate (a result of past plate interactions).
Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. Emphasis is on how the appearance of land features (such as mountains, valleys, and plateaus) and sea-floor features (such as trenches, ridges, and seamounts) are a result of both constructive forces (such as volcanism, tectonic uplift, and orogeny) and destructive mechanisms (such as weathering, mass wasting, and coastal erosion). Assessment does not include memorization of the details of the formation of specific geographic features of Earth’s surface.
Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection. Emphasis is on both a one-dimensional model of Earth, with radial layers determined by density, and a three-dimensional model, which is controlled by mantle convection and the resulting plate tectonics. Examples of evidence include maps of Earth’s three-dimensional structure obtained from seismic waves, records of the rate of change of Earth’s magnetic field (as constraints on convection in the outer core), and identification of the composition of Earth’s layers from high-pressure laboratory experiments.
Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes. Emphasis is on mechanical and chemical investigations with water and a variety of solid materials to provide the evidence for connections between the hydrologic cycle and system interactions commonly known as the rock cycle. Examples of mechanical investigations include stream transportation and deposition using a stream table, erosion using variations in soil moisture content, or frost wedging by the expansion of water as it freezes. Examples of chemical investigations include chemical weathering and recrystallization (by testing the solubility of different materials) or melt generation (by examining how water lowers the melting temperature of most solids).


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