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Plate Tectonics-Earthquakes & Volcanoes

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Shalen Boyer Shalen Boyer 5670 Points

I'm attempting to plan an unit that integrates earthquakes and volcanoes into our unit over plate tectonics.  However, I'm having issues coming up with activities that my students can do besides a research paper.  Currently, we teach plate tectonics and earthquakes as separate units and do not even cover volcanoes.  Part of the problem is limited use of a computer lab.  I would love to turn this into a project based learning unit. Any suggestions?

Cris DeWolf Cris DeWolf 11965 Points

I don't know your grade level, or if you could still use anything, but I have done this activity with my 9th graders.

George Mehler George Mehler 1440 Points

Hello Shalen,  Here are some resources you may find helpful in teaching hands on activities to teach Earthquakes and Volcanoes. These come from a YouTube channel I have been developing that is home to hundreds of free science demonstrations. They are all common core aligned and can easily be incorporated into any lesson plan or classroom.  What Causes Earthquakes Plate Tectonics Volcanoes  If you like what you see here, please subscribe to our channel as we release new videos regularly! Best,  Dr. George Mehler Ed.D., Temple University

Alyssa Henderson Alyssa Henderson 370 Points

Use cake frosting and graham crackers to teach the plate boundaries and the types of formations that occur at the boundaries! If you slightly dampen one of the graham crackers, it'll help demonstrate convergent pretty well!! I always thought that'd be fun.

Taylor Anspach Taylor Anspach 255 Points

A great idea would be to create a web quest for the students to that way their search is guided. Web quests can be fun if you have the students create a project or presentation at the end of the web quest!

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