A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore tectonic plates and the effects their movements have on the surface of the earth.
As a class, complete the Plate Tectonics activity on the BBC Bitesize website. At the end of the activity, ask the students:
What are the earth’s crust and upper mantle broken into?
What is continental drift?
In simple terms, what causes the earth’s tectonic plates to move?
Display and discuss slides 16-18 of the Natural Disasters PowerPoint. Using slide 17,encourage the students to identify the tectonic plate upon which they live. Ask the students to pinpoint some countries and/or cities around the world which lie on tectonic boundaries, therefore increasing the likelihood that they may experience natural disaster events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
Provide the students with a copy of the Plate Tectonics Cloze Activity. Answer any questions, then monitor and support the students as they independently complete the worksheet.
Discuss the answers of the cloze activity with the students. Allow the students to correct their own worksheets so they can monitor how well they have understood the lesson’s objective.