PLATE TECTONICS GAME PROJECT Directions: Students will be placed in groups of 3 or 4. Groups will create a review game for plate tectonics as described below. Assignment: You and your partners are game developers who work for a business that develops learning materials for science classrooms around the country. You have just been hired to create an engaging game for Middle School students that will focus on plate tectonics, and how they affect the earth’s surface, geological events, and continuous motion. Your game must be educational, challenging, and fun. In order to create an effective product, you will need to conduct research on plate tectonics, and create game questions that apply to the causes and effects of plate tectonics on the Earth. Your product will include questions that must be answered correctly by game participants in order to successfully get through the game, while teaching and reinforcing knowledge about plate tectonics. Each group will write 30 questions (ex: questions on one side/answers on opposite side), of which several must apply to the following topics: 1. Where are the tectonic plate located, and what are they named? 2. How are land features reshaped by plate tectonics? 3. Describe the motions and interactions of tectonic plates. 4. How do plate tectonics relate to the formation of the crustal features of the Earth? 5. What are products of the rock cycle? Games will be for "3-4" players that are designed to engage participants. Each group will create their own game template (if a board game) with a question bank . or prepared design for a "live" performance (ex: jeopardy, eggspurt, family feud, millionaire, etc.) with a question bank. All test banks will have 30 questions. Process: You will use notes, internet, textbooks, video lectures, scientific websites, etc., to conduct research on plate tectonics and the elements that relate to the topic. Be sure to include the answers to 1-5 above in your research. Assessment: Each game will be played by peer groups. Once all games have been played, students will provide feedback about each game, and the class will vote on the overall best game. The games will be designed to teach and reinforce the topic of plate tectonics, and to facilitate mastery of the topic. You will take a unit exam after your games have been played, to show mastery of the topic.