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Activity: A Plate Tectonic Puzzle

This activity is a kinesthetic activity where students will use logic and evidence to reconstruct the position of large islands and continents as they appeared 220 million years ago. Students will review what they know about plate tectonics and continental drift in a class discussion looking at various maps and the continents they will be cutting out next. Students will use evidence to connect the ...

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Bringing Earthquake Engineering to Your Hometown Journal Article
Continental Drift Activity

This activity is for the students to cutout, color code and piece together a puzzle of the supercontinent Pangaea based on fossil and rock evidence of the present day continents. The students will move the continents together using the mountain chain and fossil evidence. The continents will match up to the original supercontinent Pangaea. The students will then answer questions based on this activ ...

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Cookie Tectonics: An Introduction to Earth Hazards and Tectonic Fundamentals Journal Article
Exploring Earthquakes and Tsunamis: Integrating Science, Social Studies, and Technology Journal Article
Investigating Axial Seamount: Using Student-Generated Models to Understand Plate Tectonics Journal Article
IRIS Rapid Earthquake Viewer (REV)

The Rapid Earthquake Viewer (REV) provides access to data seismograms from seismograph stations around the world in three "mouse clicks". In REV you can seismic data for an event as three-component data from a single station or a record section (many seismograms, each from a single station, progressively further away). Because REV is intended for educational purposes, the database does n ...

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IRIS Seismic Monitor

Seismic Monitor allows you to monitor global earthquakes in near real-time, visit seismic stations around the world, and search the web for earthquake headlines or region-related information. Earthquakes are shown as colored circles, where the size of the circle tells you the magnitude of the quake, using the legend at the top left of the map. Only earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater are displ ...

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Nannofossils Reveal Seafloor Spreading Truth

In this activity, students use information from the Deep Sea Drilling Project to look for evidence of seafloor spreading in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Using temporal and spatial data obtained from core samples, students create and analyze a graph, looking for patterns in the data. Through graphical analysis, students should discover that the older a core sample is, the farther it will be from the r ...

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Plate Tectonics

In Plate Tectonics, students are introduced to the theory behind this geophysical phenomenon and investigate the evidence that supports it. In Part 1, students view Flash interactives and QuickTime videos which delineate the relationship between volcanoes, earthquakes and plate boundaries and discuss the ancient continent of Pangaea. Students are then allotted time to explore these concepts furt ...

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Plate Tectonics - PHET

Plate Tectonics is an interactive simulation in which users design scenarios involving plate interactions and observe the results over time. The simulation consists of two screens. In the first, entitled Crust, students can investigate the physical characteristics of temperature and density for either oceanic or continental crusts. In the second screen, entitled Plate Motion, students will selec ...

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Sediment Deposition Supports Seafloor Spreading

In this activity, students manipulate and graph data collected by the research vessel, JOIDES Resolution, to determine whether sediment thickness located near the Juan de Fuca Ridge supports the concept of seafloor spreading. Teachers can choose between two formats: a Google Earth based version or a pen and paper one. In the former version, students will be tasked with finding and recording the ...

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Simulating Earthquake Early Warning Systems in the Classroom Journal Article
VIrtual Lab-Fossil Dating

This activity consists of 2 parts created by different entities. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools created a superior worksheet that goes with the Glencoe Publisher online simulation: How can fossil and rock data determine when an organism lived? The simulation has instructions on the left side of the screen with a bar that can be scrolled forward as you proceed. The actual simulation looks li ...

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