3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:Plate Tectonics
  • Subject(s):Science
  • Days:12
  • Grade(s):9
Key Learning:

Earth's lithosphere is broken into major pieces called plates which move on the surface in a process called Plate Tectonics.

Unit Essential Question(s):
 
 

How has the Earth's surface changed throughout its history? What caused these changes to occur?

   
Concept:

Geologists have learned about the structure of Earth by studying seismic waves of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Concept:

Alfred Wegener theorized that all the continents were joined together and since drifted apart. This theory was called the Theory of Continental Drift.

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Concept:

Discovery of the sea-floor spreading had scientists look again at the Theory of Continental Drift.

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Lesson Essential Question(s):

What is the composition of Earth's interior?

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How have geologists learned about Earth's inner structure?

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Concept:

Theory of Plate Tectonics is supported by the evidence collected by Wegener and other scientists explaining how Earth's surface has changed throughout history.

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Lesson Essential Question(s):

What evidence supports the theory of plate tectonics?

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How does paleomanetism support the theory of plate tectonics?

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What causes plate motion?

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Vocabulary Report

  • Asthenosphere -
  • Continental drift -
  • Lithosphere -
  • Mid-ocean Ridge -
  • Pangaea -
  • Sea-Floor-Spreading -
  • Fossils -
  • Mantle -
  • Deep Ocean Trenches -
  • Core -
  • Crust -
  • Subduction zone -
  • continental volcanic arc -
  • Paleomagnetism -
  • Mohorovic Discontinuity -
  • volcanic island arc -
  • inner core -
  • Normal polarity -
  • Reverse polarity -

  • outer core -
  • geosphere -
  • Rift valley -
  • hot spot -
  • convection current -
  • Plates -
  • Plate Tectonics -
  • Divergent boundary -
  • Convergent boundary -
  • Transform faulty boundary -
  • Convection currents -