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Earth Science 0202

Standard II-objective 2- Plate Tectonics Theory

Standard II: Students will understand Earth's internal structure and the dynamic nature of the tectonic plates that form its surface.
Objective 2: Describe the development of the current theory of plate tectonics and the
evidence that supports this theory.

I Can Statements
a. I can explain Alfred Wegener’s continental drift hypothesis, his evidence (e.g., fossil record,
ancient climates, geometric fit of continents), and why it was not accepted in his time.
b. I can cite examples of how the geologic record preserves evidence of past change.
c. I can describe the importance of the discovery of mid-ocean ridges, oceanic trenches,and
magnetic striping of the sea floor to the development of the modern theory of plate tectonics.
d. I can describe how mantle plumes (hot spots) provide evidence for the rate and direction of
tectonic plate motion.
e. I can organize and evaluate the evidence for the current theory of plate tectonics: sea floor
spreading, age of sea floor, distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Assessment
Multiple Choice/Essay Test                  Curriculum Map

Learning Plan

Learning Activity Technology Application Lab Inquiry Lab Discussion Audio-Visual Reading/ Writing Students Teach Demonstration
ES Core Tracker
Intro to Plate Tectonics
Alfred Wegener Song NEW
Hot Spot Hawaii X
Magnetic
Stripes
PDF
version
(maps may be easier to use)
X
X
Fossil Safari NEW X
Continental
Puzzle
X
Sensing
the Seafloor
X
X
Where
Are The Plates?
X
Seafloor
Map
Radioactive Dating Game
X
X
Location of Volcanos and Earthquakes new!
X
Science Discovery Videos
X
NOVA-Deadliest Earthquakes
X