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Plate Tectonics

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Mid-ocean Ridge Spreading Demonstration Model - This student activity allows students to create their own model, using foam board and a shoebox, of the mid-ocean ridge in order to help them understand sea-floor spreading.

Sea Floor Spreading Made Easy - (6-12) - During a unit on plate tectonics, use this activity to demonstrate how sea-floor spreading works and the evidence for it, which therefore reinforces the evidence for the plate tectonics theory.

Towel Geology - (K-12) - Demonstrate a wide range of geologic principles and processes using GeoArt, an artistic approach to promote critical thinking about geology and geologic processes.

Real Evidence of a Subducting Plate - (8-12) - Hands-on approach to examining real earthquake evidence of the South American subduction zone where the Nazca Plate and the South American Plate are colliding. With this activity you can see how geologists came up with the idea of a subducting slab.


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Landforms - Students learn how water and erosion affect the landscape, research a specific landform, and create a visual display of landforms.
Volcanoes - Classic plan to make a volcano in the classroom.
Evacuating a Volcano: A Simulation - To explore hazards associated with cataclysmic natural events, and human responses to them.
Earthshaking Events - Classroom Activity from Science & Children, Feb. 2001 p. 33. Students create their own version of a seismograph to understand how scientists use this tool to measure earthquake vibrations. National Science Education Standard D: Earth and Space Science-Structure of the earth system.
The Mountain Blows Its Top - Classroom Activity from Science & Children, May 2000. In this activity students demonstrate some of the geologic processes involved in the eruption of Mount St. Helens in May 1980


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