9.6 Plate Tectonics

9.6 Plate Tectonics (Term 3) | ES2

Outcomes

A student:

  • describes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community SC5-12ES
  • explains how scientific knowledge about global patterns of geological activity and interactions involving global systems can be used to inform decisions related to contemporary issues SC5-13ES

Related Life Skills outcomes: SCLS-13ES, SCLS-14ES, SCLS-15ES, SCLS-16ES


TITLE PAGE:


KEY WORDS:tectonics, continental, geological, mantle, volcanic, earthquake, formation, tremor, convection, lithosphere, magma, asthenosphere, composite, tsunami, transition


Content

ES2: The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement. (ACSSU180)

Students:

a. outline how the theory of plate tectonics changed ideas about the structure of the Earth and continental movement over geological time


ACTIVITIES
Observe / Read / Listen / Write
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Hand-on Do - Central Activity
'Apply / Create'
Record / Write
'Analyse'
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Communicate'
1. Observe: contexual image for title page
2. Read: key words

1. Create a colourful title page with key words
2. Complete crossword with keywords
1. Mind Map of the topic
2. Analyse: The story of the rocks (Iceland and California)
2. Write a story on their formation
 1. Watch video on Iceland and California
2. Do the reasons given explain the phenomena?
 
1. Write Notes: Theory of Plate Tectonics

1. Cut out the continents from a map and see if they line up
 1. Watch Pangea break up
2. What would a future Earth look like?
 
 

    
 

    



b.
relate movements of the Earth's plates to mantle convection currents and gravitational forces


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c. outline how the theory of plate tectonics explains earthquakes, volcanic activity and formation of new landforms A


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'Apply / Create'
Record / Write
'Analyse'
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d.
describe how some technological developments have increased scientific understanding of global patterns in geological activity, including in the Asia-Pacific region ACCT


ACTIVITIES
Observe / Read / Listen / Write
'Know'
Hand-on Do - Central Activity
'Apply / Create'
Record / Write
'Analyse'
Reflect / Review
'Evaluate'
Present / Teach
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Communicate'