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Plate tectonics project with Google maps

Plate tectonics project with Google maps
Plate tectonics project with Google maps
Plate tectonics project with Google maps
Plate tectonics project with Google maps
Plate tectonics project with Google maps
Plate tectonics project with Google maps
Plate tectonics project with Google maps
Plate tectonics project with Google maps
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(374 KB|4+)
Standards
NGSSMS-ESS2-2
NGSSMS-ESS2-3
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I created this two-part assignment as a culminating project for students to demonstrate their understanding of plate tectonics. First, students are tasked with creating a Google map where they place different "tectonic attractions", describe the processes that created them and include a link to a legend related to the tectonic attraction. Then they create a booklet where they again describe one landform created by plate tectonics and write and illustrate their own legend to accompany it. Both parts of the project include the rubrics necessary to assess them.

When I was creating this, I looked far and wide for a Google map that already had the tectonic plates drawn in. I could not find one that was not a Google Earth one, so I created one myself. The link to that map is included in the download, as well as instructions on how to copy it for other uses, for example giving students the task of plotting the occurrence of mountains, volcanos or earthquakes.

If you find this resource helpful or have some comments on how to make it better, please take the time to review it. Thanks :)

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NGSSMS-ESS2-2
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.
NGSSMS-ESS2-3
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.
Total Pages
4+
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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