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Plate Tectonics: Diverging, Converging, and Transform Boundaries
In this lesson, students will learn to distinguish the different layers of the Earth, observe the effects of plate movements, and explore the reasons for earthquakes and volcanoes. They will label and measure the thicknesses of each layer of the Earth (lithosphere, asthenosphere, etc.) and record their results, construct models from sand and clay to illustrate what happens at the three types of plate boundaries (transform, diverging, and converging), and investigate convergent plate boundaries to see which scenarios may create earthquakes and/or volcanoes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information are unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-643
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Math/Science Nucleus