Seafloor Spreading: Plate Tectonics Lesson 2

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Mike in the Middle School
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Save time with this No Prep lesson on Seafloor Spreading. Start your lesson with a clip from “The Hunt for Red October.” Students listen as SONAR pings approach a submarine in an intense standoff. Connect this Idea to Harry Hess and his time in the NAVY using SONAR to map the ocean floor. This new technology of its time allowed him to establish the concept of sea floor spreading. Students can complete scribble notes on sea floor spreading and magnetic stripping. Additionally, use our interactive Google Sorts to have your class create a digital model of SONAR and ocean floor mapping. Use the incomplete notes and video lesson as an IEP accommodation that meets every learners need (be sure to note this in your grade book for your protection). This lesson package is a flexible mix of face to face teaching, print and digital resources. Use it all in one class period or mix it with your existing lessons to spice things up. The lesson presentation and incomplete notes are completely editable, so you can customize according to your needs. Earlier lessons in this series are listed below.

Lesson 1: Continental Drift

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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.


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