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Students plot the location of the Ring of Fire using locations of REAL earthquakes and volcanoes. For added interest, the data is not just simple coordinates. Each volcano's name and country is given, and each earthquake includes the date, magnitude and country.
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Student-friendly - Map is easy to read, bold and clean.
Worksheet instructions are simple and clear.
Great addition to a plate tectonics unit!
First, students "work up" the World Map by adding continent labels and identifying the equator and prime meridian. (You may want to lead them through this.) Then, students plot earthquakes and volcanoes on the World Map in different colors. The coordinates effectively show the pattern of the Ring of Fire. When the Ring of Fire is fully completed, students answer 7 analysis questions.
Two sets of data are included. One set includes 32 coordinates EACH for volcanoes and earthquakes, and the other (to save time or for modification) includes 20 coordinates each for volcanoes and earthquakes.
For this activity, you will print 3 pages.
1. World Map
2. Instructions and Analysis
3. Volcano/Earthquake Data (I save these and reuse them year-to-year)
NGSS Standards Addressed:
INCLUDES ANSWER KEY
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