Earth and Space Science
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).
ReadWorks is a website that provides K-12 teachers with free literacy resources (About ReadWorks). ReadWorks has literary and informational texts on a variety of subjects and reading skills. You may narrow your search using grade level or Lexile level, making this website a wonderful tool for differentiation. Students will complete their work digitally, and you will provide their score and feedback digitally. This makes it easy to go paperless for this activity.
Prior to implementing this activity, you will need to sign up for an Educator Account on ReadWorks. After setting up an account, create a class from the Class Admin tab, this will provide you with a Class Code to give to students. Next, use the Find Content tab to search for the informational article that will be used during this activity, "How Plates Affect Our Planet: Hot Spots". After navigating to the article, click on the blue Assign button to assign it to your class.
Each student will need access to a digital device, such as a tablet or laptop. The first time students enter the website they will need to enter the Class Code that is listed on your Class Admin page. Alternatively, you can print the article and corresponding questions for students, if digital devices are not available.