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Plate Tectonics (Tectonic Plate Theory) Webquest - Great for Distance Learning

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7th - 10th, Homeschool
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  1. *Updated! Broken link fixed.This product is a BUNDLE of three WEBQUESTS:• Plate Tectonics – A Webquest• Active Volcanoes! In the Ring of Fire• Volcanoes! Of the United States – A WebquestPlate Tectonics: This webquest sends your students on an interactive journey through the Plates on the Move websi
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Teaching Tectonic Plate Theory? This webquest sends your students on an interactive journey through the Plates on the Move interactive website (works on all types of devices!).


Build and reinforce knowledge of plate boundaries and the geological processes that result. The worksheet provides the teacher with evidence that learning is taking place!

Students are directed to visit three locations of their choice to discover the tectonic plates and plate movements that are creating important geological events such as mountain building and earthquakes. Using evidence collected through the webquest, students determine the type of boundary occurring at each site.

For most students the webquest works best as a follow up activity to an introductory lesson on transform, convergent and divergent boundaries. It also serves as a great review before a test.

Webquest Bundle: Plate Tectonics, Ring of Fire & U.S. Active Volcanoes

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.


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