Plate Tectonics

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The theory of plate tectonics represents a revolutionary breakthrough in the earth sciences, providing a coherent model of how the outer surface of the Earth moves and changes. In these activities, students conduct simulated research at key geological sites around the world. They visit Hawaii, California, Iceland, Japan, and Nepal, and their investigations range from the bottom of the ocean to the top of Mount Everest. Classroom models of erupting volcanoes, strike-slip faults, rock layers, and sea-floor ...
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Overview

The theory of plate tectonics represents a revolutionary breakthrough in the earth sciences, providing a coherent model of how the outer surface of the Earth moves and changes. In these activities, students conduct simulated research at key geological sites around the world. They visit Hawaii, California, Iceland, Japan, and Nepal, and their investigations range from the bottom of the ocean to the top of Mount Everest. Classroom models of erupting volcanoes, strike-slip faults, rock layers, and sea-floor spreading help reveal the dynamic nature of the Earth's crust. Students record observations, calculations, and conclusions in a geological field notebook. Plate tectonics is a challenging subject that many middle school teachers are required to teach. This new GEMS guide provides clear, step-by-step presentation instructions, concise and accessible background information, built-in assessments, resources, student reading and literature suggestions, and helpful suggestions from teachers who tested the activities in classrooms nationwide. These activities use readily available materials and no special science knowledge or background is required to present them.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780924886607
  • Publisher: University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Publication date: 10/3/2001
  • Series: Great Explorations in Math and Science S
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction 1
Getting a Head Start on Preparation 8
Time Frame 10
What You Need for the Whole Unit 11
Preparatory Class Session: Construction of Model Volcanoes 14
Session 1 Geologic Time and Processes that Form the Earth's Crust 21
Session 2 Field Work in California 31
Session 3 Investigating Viscosity and Volcanic Rocks 43
Session 4 Field Work in Hawaii 57
Session 5 Field Work in Japan 69
Session 6 Field Work in Nepal 79
Session 7 Field Work in Iceland 93
Session 8 Evaluating the Theory of Plate Tectonics 113
Going Further for the Whole Unit 131
Background for the Teacher 134
Sources 160
Resources 163
Assessment Suggestions 175
Literature Connections 178
Summary Outlines 183
Geologic Field Notebook 197
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