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Friday, January 20, 2012

1-20-2012 Techie Tectonics

Continuing my way through the standards, offering links, lessons, and ideas to help teach the 
Core Curriculum Content Standards
Science Grades 6-8
5.4 Earth Systems Science: All students will understand that Earth operates as a set of complex, dynamic, and interconnected systems, and is a part of the all-encompassing system of the universe.

D. Tectonics :  The theory of plate tectonics provides a framework for understanding the dynamic processes within and on Earth.
By the end of grade

Content Statement


Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)



Lithospheric plates consisting of continents and ocean floors move in response to movements in the mantle.


Apply understanding of the motion of lithospheric plates to explain why the Pacific Rim is referred to as the Ring of Fire.


Earth’s landforms are created through constructive (deposition) and destructive (erosion) processes.


Locate areas that are being created (deposition) and destroyed (erosion) using maps and satellite images.


Earth has a magnetic field that is detectable at the surface with a compass.


Apply knowledge of Earth’s magnetic fields to successfully complete an orienteering challenge.


Earth is layered with a lithosphere, a hot, convecting mantle, and a dense, metallic core.


Model the interactions between the layers of Earth.


Major geological events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building, result from the motion of plates. Sea floor spreading, revealed in mapping of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and subduction zones are evidence for the theory of plate tectonics.


Present evidence to support arguments for the theory of plate motion.


Earth’s magnetic field has north and south poles and lines of force that are used for navigation.


Explain why geomagnetic north and geographic north are at different locations.
Please post a comment below if you have a site or lesson idea to share for teaching these concepts.  I would love your input!

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