Plate Tectonics: The Way the Earth Works : for Grades 6-8

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Great Explorations in Math and Science, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley, 2002 - Education - 213 pages
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The theory of Plate Tectonics provides a coherent model of how the outer surface of the Earth moves and changes. These innovative activities represent a groundbreaking way for students to gain hands-on experience with this earthshaking theory In these activities, students travel to different geological hotspots-Hawaii, California, Iceland, Japan, and Nepal-to gather evidence. Engaging classroom models of erupting volcanoes, strike-slip faults, rock layers, seafloor spreading, and photographs of geological formations allow students to compare geological phenomena and structures found in far-flung parts of the Earth. Throughout, students record their observations, calculations, and conclusions in a geological field notebook. In the concluding activity, students discuss and debate the underlying plate movements that connect their findings, and arrive at a much deeper understanding of plate tectonics theory.Plate tectonics is a challenging subject that many middle school teachers are required to teach. This new GEMS guide provides clear, step-by-step presentation instructions, concise and accessible background information, built-in assessments, student readings and literature suggestions, and helpful class management suggestions from teachers who tested the activities in classrooms nationwide. No special science knowledge or background is required to present these activities which utilize readily available materials.Kevin Cuff was first inspired to become an earth scientist by pondering the coastlines of Africa and the Americas in middle school. The author of the GEMS Guide Stories in Stone, Kevin also directs the Student Radon Research Project (SRRP) at the Lawrence Hall ofScience at the University of California at Berkeley. He wrote Plate Tectonics in consultation with one of the world's leading geologists, Dr. Ian Carmichael.

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