Last Updated Dec 3, 2020
This unit will introduce students to tectonic plates. Students will develop questions after viewing satellite images showing uplift along the coast of New Zealand from 2010 to 2016. Throughout the unit, students will analyze pieces of evidence to answer their questions and eventually come to understand tectonic plates’ role in causing uplift in land through mountain formation and earthquakes.
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Students will know
- Tectonic plates
- Fault types
Students will understand
- Land uplift can occur due to either mountain formation or an earthquake at a reverse fault. Both occur due to the motion of tectonic plates but both happen at drastically different time scales.
Students will be able to
- Use interactives to determine if plate boundaries are transverse, convergent or divergent
- Use an online model to investigate if subduction can create land uplift in the form of mountains
- Use an at-home model to learn about the types of plate boundaries
- Use an interactive to learn about the types of geologic events of the past
- Describe what happened in New Zealand to create land uplift
Next Generation Science Standards Connections
MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Connections
6.10D: Describe how plate tectonics causes major geological events such as ocean basin formation, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building.