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The Plate Tectonic Story: A Scientific Jigsaw
This activity has students read and answer questions based upon the article 'The plate tectonic story: a scientific jigsaw.' The article starts with the continental drift theory of Alfred Wegener and adds the evidence from the seafloor to arrive at plate tectonics. It concludes with remarks about mantle dynamics and the future ability to predict earthquakes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • History and philosophy of science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-580
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Historical perspectives
        • Science as a human endeavor
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Magnetic Patterns: Ocean Floor Pattern Plotting'
This resource is referenced by 'Magnetic Stripes on the Ocean Floor: A Lab Simulation'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Joint Earth Science Education Initiative (JESEI)