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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Edible Plate Tectonics
Description: As we stand on the top layer of our planet it is a little difficult to get hands-on with plate tectonics.  This activity uses layered cake to allow students an up close representation of how major land features have been created.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Actions at Plate Boundaries
Description: This lesson will allow the students to understand the cause and effects of plates interactions. The students will learn that plate boundaries function as a release for much of the Earth's potential energy. The students will be able to identify topographic features located in geographic areas close to plate boundaries.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Plate Tectonics
Description: This lesson culminates the hypothesis of Continental Drift and Sea floor Spreading into the Plate Tectonic Theory. The students will be able to recognize that our planet is ever changing. They should be able to analyze the forces which create destruction on our planet are directly related to its shifting surface.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Physical Characteristics of Places: The Fossil Record      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider how the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates alters the physical characteristics of places over geologic time. They investigate how climate has changed in specific world regions since the time of the dinosaurs and write paragraphs explaining their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Botany - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Arctic and Antarctic Circles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students research the ends of the Earth--the Poles--to compare and contrast the regions. Background information is provided, giving insight into the nature of these two areas and outlining their differences and similarities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Geology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Ring of Fire      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students improve their understanding of the theory of plate tectonics and the Earth's geological history as they investigate the region known as the Ring of Fire. They view an animation of the Earth's tectonic history, draw maps predicting what the Ring of Fire region will look like in one hundred million years, and write paragraphs explaining what they have drawn.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Gold Mine Quakes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how scientists have literally tapped into a goldmine of earthquake information. Thanks to a science and industry partnership, the gold mines of South Africa are producing a wealth of knowledge for earthquake scientists. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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