Day 2: World Map Transparencies: Plate Motions and Boundaries

Objective: Students will create world map transparencies indicating the location of major volcanic activity, earthquakes, mountain ranges, and tectonic plates. After putting all transparencies on top of one another, students will see a correlation between the locations of the earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain ranges to the location of plate boundaries.
Group Activity: World Map Transparencies


1. Divide the class into 4 groups. Assign each group one of the following topics: earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain ranges, tectonic plates.

2. Give each group an overhead of a blank world map. You may want to use this one:
Instruct the group to place dots on the map where their topic has occurred. For example, the volcano group would place dots on each of the Hawaiian islands.

3. Provide each group a listing of major locations of their topics.

Earthquakes: (click on last 30 days to see a print out of locations and sizes of earthquakes)
Textbooks also offer maps

4. When the groups are finished, begin assembling the transparencies on the overhead. Start with the earthquakes map, then put the volcanic activity map on top of earthquakes, then mountain ranges. Ask students if they see any correlations. Finally, place the tectonic plate map on the very top. Again, ask students to explain what they see.


Individual Activity: Plate Motions and Boundaries

Provide learners with a clean world map. Share the following scoring guide criteria. Make available color pencils, crayons and/or markers. Ask students to complete their individual maps using all resources available to them.

Scoring Guide

Illustrate the different types of plate motions and boundaries, including types of faults, movements, and forces for each

Advanced ProficientDeveloping
Creates a map of the Earth with major fault lines illustrated and labeled indicating the name and type of faultCreates a map of the Earth with major fault lines illustrated and labeled indicating the type of fault for each fault line
Labels the four different types of faults with arrows showing direction of movement
Lists the names of major fault lines on Earth
Place the completed model in student's manila folder. This work sample should be included in the final pop-up book as an evidence of learning.
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