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
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
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.
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.
Illustrate the different types of plate motions and boundaries, including types of faults, movements, and forces for each
| Advanced|| Proficient||Developing ||Emerging |
|Creates a map of the Earth with major fault lines illustrated and labeled indicating the name and type of fault||Creates 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.