In this 6-week unit, students discover and learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and the relationships between all of them. Students will explore each topic individually using hands on activities, notes, art and poetry. Connections between the topics will be made as the students develop a pop-up book as a culminating activity and formative assessment.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Earth Science

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


volcano earthquake plate tectonics mountain building pop-up book



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-02.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this 6-week middle school unit, students engage in a variety of earth science activities exploring plate movement, earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain formation. Lessons frequently reference the book “The Amazing Earth Model Book Easy-to-make Hands-on Model That Teach” and bibliographic information is provided for this text. Students will accumulate work samples throughout the project, all of which can be used as reference for creating the culminating pop-up book. Excellent attached materials provide rationales, procedures, notes and examples for many of the activities, including cinquain poems, metaphors, KWL charts, model-building and collage. Additional websites are provided for presentation and research. Many rubrics, some brief and others extensive, are provided throughout. This unit is thoughtfully designed and immediately useful in the classroom.
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Cynthia Gautreau
June 28, 2010
Wow! Micki, thank you for contributing such a fantastic unit! I will share this with my pre-service teachers so that they can see how a unit needs to be organized,…
Christine Mytko
August 2, 2009
A great detailed unit! Even if I decide not to do the pop-up book, the structure of the unit, the frequent assessment, and the content is great for this grade…

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