Tectonic Plates Life Cycle Drag and Drop

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School


This activity will allow students to manipulate Google slide textboxes to explore different features of tectonic plates and their interactions.

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This activity can be used in earth science classes in middle or high school.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students need a basic understanding of plate tectonics.

How the activity is situated in the course

This may be used as an introduction, inquiry piece, or as an assessment.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will review tectonic plate features.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will apply knowledge of plate tectonics in order to correctly identify features

Other skills goals for this activity

Students will interpret diagrams and analyze graphics.

Description and Teaching Materials

This activity is housed in Google slides, and will be used in edit mode.


Teaching Notes and Tips

After opening the resource link, go to "file" and "make a copy," to secure a copy of the document that you can edit. Additionally, you can give students the link provided on slide 1, so that they can manipulate the slide.


This drag and drop can be used as an assessment or as a review activity. If students are able to label the features of the tectonic plate correctly, then that indicates understanding of tectonic plate interactions.

References and Resources