Our Plate Tectonics lesson plan introduces students to plate tectonics. Most students are fascinated when they learn the continents are always drifting, and have done so for millions of years. Understanding the concepts related to this movement is more important than memorizing the names of the plates, except students should be able to identify the seven major plates that correspond closely with the continents. During this lesson, students are asked to cut out paper tectonic plates and correctly join the pieces together. Students are also asked to match terms to their definitions in order to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to summarize the theory of plate tectonics and define related terms. The students will also be able to identify major continental plates of the Earth.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10