Plate Tectonics


Our Plate Tectonics lesson plan teaches students about plate tectonics, including what they are, the effect they have on the planet, and what their effects are today. Students also learn to identify some of the major continental plates.


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

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Joy W.
Plate Tectonics

The item allowed me to effectively use it in the classroom by enhancing an experiment the students completed. The graphics also allowed the students to visualize the different plate boundaries and how they affect how the Earth changes.

Maddy M.
Plate tectonics

It was very better than I expected. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of teaching the next generation plate tectonics.