Introduction: Last week we explored the various types of plates. This week we are going to look at where the plates are located on Earth and the effect they have on our planet when they begin to move.Group Size: Whole class Learning Objectives: The students will explore the various plates underlying the continents. The students will construct a map of the world that shows the plates locations and their names.
Read through the site together. There is a section on the site where students can see which plate is convergent, divergent, and lateral or transforming. As the map lights up to each section have the class look at the part of the world it is in. What do we know about this part of the world. Are their typically earthquakes? Notice how the pattern matches the geological effect.
Dismiss the class to finish the activities on the website with a partner.
Those who finish may come back to their desk and create their own plate boundary map, color coded with divergent (white), convergent (red), and transforming (purple) plates as well as labeled. This should like the one on the website.