This multi-part activity from the National Parks Service blends the science of plate tectonics with the culture and history of places with dramatic geologic landscapes. Learners design an imaginary year-long trip to several tectonically active locations worldwide, investigating the significant human and rock stories of their destinations. This web page has links to educator instructions and learner handouts, including worksheets for trip planning and masters for "Tectonic Passports" and colorful passport stamps and decals. Educators can also download masters for trip journals, which learners assemble and then use to document their observations of the geology and communities they "visit" (via research). After their 'trip,' learners can also create a print, audio, or video advertisement for their favorite tectonic destination.


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