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Snack Tectonics
This activity uses food to demonstrate plate tectonic motions. Students construct a model using different snacks, which represent various parts of the Earth. For example, frosting represents the asthenosphere, fruit rollups are the Earth's plates, and graham crackers are meant to be the Earth's crust. Students learn how tectonic plates (lithosphere) ride atop the slow flowing asthenosphere layer, and how they interact at their boundaries.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
    • Structural geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The source of this material is Windows to the Universe at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Copyright 1995-1999, 2000 The Regents of the University of Michigan; Copyright 2000-02 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-284
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: Roberta M. Johnson
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Windows to the Universe Team