How does the theory of plate tectonics explain the changing landscape of Earth over time?
How does plate tectonics change the formation of the Ocean floor?
Show the Ring of Fire Earthquake Animation
And the Pacific, Juan de Fuca, and Gorda Plate Illustration
Ask: What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Estimated time to Complete
Five (50 minute) Class Periods
Next Generation Science Standards
MS-ESS2-3 Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. MS-ESS2-3 Earth’s Systems | Next Generation Science Standards