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   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: How could the continents move? A Lab Activity
Description:

Students will begin this inquiry-based activity by predicting how the continents of Earth could move over time. Next, students will complete a lab activity in collaborative groups, in which they will create a model showing how Earth's internal heat energy can create convection currents that result in plate movements. Lastly, students will use their model to explain how Earth's tectonic plates move over millions of years.

This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: Plate Tectonics:  Convection Model- Plates Go With the Flow 
Description:

This lesson is the third of a three-part unit on plate tectonics, which includes hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Students will learn about the relationship between temperature and density using lava lamps. The students will also model a theory for the mechanism that drives tectonic plate movement by using a hot plate and water to produce convection cells or currents, and food coloring gels to make the currents visible.




ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (2) 8 :
8 ) Make observations from media to obtain information about Earth's events that happen over a short period of time (e.g., tornados, volcanic explosions, earthquakes) or over a time period longer than one can observe (e.g., erosion of rocks, melting of glaciers).

[SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

Subject: Science (2 - 6)
Title: Earthquakes StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/earthquakes.htm
Description:

Earthquakes are caused by geologic movement in the earth’s crust. They occur in faults, or cracks, located on the Earth’s surface.

The classroom resource provides a video that will describe how and why earthquakes occur at certain locations on Earth. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 4 :
4 ) Construct explanations from geologic evidence (e.g., change or extinction of particular living organisms; field evidence or representations, including models of geologic cross-sections; sedimentary layering) to identify patterns of Earth's major historical events (e.g., formation of mountain chains and ocean basins, significant volcanic eruptions, fossilization, folding, faulting, igneous intrusion, erosion).

[SC2015] ES6 (6) 5 :
5 ) Use evidence to explain how different geologic processes shape Earth's history over widely varying scales of space and time (e.g., chemical and physical erosion; tectonic plate processes; volcanic eruptions; meteor impacts; regional geographical features, including Alabama fault lines, Rickwood Caverns, and Wetumpka Impact Crater).

[SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: Volcanoes StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/volcanoes.htm
Description:
What are the Earth’s most fantastic, and sometimes most violent, geologic changes? Here is a hint: molten rock and ash shooting out of them!

Volcanoes produce some of the Earth's most violent geologic changes, but they are not always violent. Different kinds of volcanoes, including shield, cinder cone, composite, and ashflow caldera, produce different kinds of eruptions.

The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the different varieties of volcanoes and how their eruptions cause changes to Earth's surface. This resource will provide background information to students before they create their own models. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

[SC2015] ESS (9-12) 7 :
7 ) Analyze and interpret evidence regarding the theory of plate tectonics, including geologic activity along plate boundaries and magnetic patterns in undersea rocks, to explain the ages and movements of continental and oceanic crusts.

Subject: Science (6 - 12)
Title: Plate Movements: Convergent | NASA Online
URL: https://www.knowitall.org/interactive/plate-movements-convergent-nasa-online
Description:

This resource shows an example of a convergent boundary plate.  At a convergent plate boundary, lithospheric plates move toward each other. The west margin of the South American continent, where the oceanic Nazca Plate is pushed toward and beneath the continental portion of the South American Plate, is an example of a convergent plate boundary. This resource shows an example of a convergent boundary plate. 



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

[SC2015] ESS (9-12) 7 :
7 ) Analyze and interpret evidence regarding the theory of plate tectonics, including geologic activity along plate boundaries and magnetic patterns in undersea rocks, to explain the ages and movements of continental and oceanic crusts.

Subject: Science (6 - 12)
Title: Plate Movements: Divergent | NASA Online
URL: https://www.knowitall.org/interactive/plate-movements-divergent-nasa-online
Description:

This resource shows an example of a divergent boundary plate. At a divergent plate boundary, lithospheric plates move away from each other. As the two sides move away from each other, magma wells up from the Earth's interior. It then solidifies into the rock as it is cooled by the sea, creating a new ocean floor. The mid-Atlantic ridge, a topographically high area near the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is an example of a divergent plate boundary.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

[SC2015] ESS (9-12) 7 :
7 ) Analyze and interpret evidence regarding the theory of plate tectonics, including geologic activity along plate boundaries and magnetic patterns in undersea rocks, to explain the ages and movements of continental and oceanic crusts.

Subject: Science (6 - 12)
Title: Plate Movements: Lateral | NASA Online
URL: https://www.knowitall.org/interactive/plate-movements-lateral-nasa-online
Description:
This resource shows an example of a lateral boundary plate. At a lateral plate boundary, plates slide past each other. The San Andreas fault in California is an example of a transform plate boundary, where the Pacific Plate slides past the North American Plate.


   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: Undersea Geology
URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/undersea-geology/
Description:

In this activity, students locate and label geologic features of the ocean and explore the relationship of these features to plate tectonics.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 9 :
9 ) Use models to explain how the flow of Earth's internal energy drives a cycling of matter between Earth's surface and deep interior causing plate movements (e.g., mid-ocean ridges, ocean trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rift valleys, volcanic islands).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: How Plates Affect Our Planet: Hot Spots
URL: https://www.readworks.org/article/How-Plates-Affect-Our-Planet-Hot-Spots/890ac4f7-7d81-4eb7-b395-addd7b3f00b4#!articleTab:content/questionsetsSection:content/
Description:

The teacher will present an informational text from the website, ReadWorks. Students will interact with this non-fiction text by annotating the text digitally. The students will answer the questions associated with the article as an assessment. This learning activity can introduce students to the concept of tectonic plate movement, serve as reinforcement after students have already learned this concept, or be used as an assessment at the conclusion of a lesson. 



ALEX Classroom Resources: 7

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