Tectonic Plates Analysis

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School


This activity will help students to visualize the interactions of tectonic plates, as well as the life cycle of tectonic plates.

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This activity can be used by middle or high school students when studying earth science.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

A basic understanding of tectonic movement would be helpful in completing the activity.

How the activity is situated in the course

This may be used as an introduction, inquiry piece, or as a way to explore evidence.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will analyze tectonic plate movements and interactions.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will analyze graphics.

Students will apply content knowledge in order to interpret a visual aid.

Other skills goals for this activity

Students will develop observational skills.

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 activity can be used as a review or assessment. Students should be able to drag the terms to the location on the tectonic plates where features of the term are illustrated.

References and Resources