Discovering Plate Boundaries Activity (Make-up)

Discovering Plate Boundaries Activity (Make-up)
Background: Different scientists and types of sciences used to learn about Earth’s tectonic plates. We will be using
four different types of science to learn more about the Earth’s crust & how and why the Earth’s plates move!
Objective: To find general patterns for the occurrence and location of earthquakes, volcanoes, different age of
seafloor, and extreme elevations on Earth.
STEP 1: Copy the data table (bottom of this page) into your NB and use the following maps to complete this activity.
**(The maps are available in print in the classroom if you do not want to view them digitally):
Earthquake Map
Volcano Map
Topography Map
Seafloor Age Map
STEP 2: Get in groups of 3-4 students. One at a time, look at each of the four maps for a few minutes and
record the patterns of data that you see on each. Make sure you look at the legends/keys on the sides of each map to
know what is represented and what the colors on the map mean. (most of the time you’ll be documenting where the
Earth’s youngest/oldest/highest/lowest parts of the crust are, where the earthquakes (shallow/deep) are located,
and where the volcanoes are) Record these observations in the “Patterns” part of the table boxes for each type of
science, to learn more about where the tectonic plate boundaries are AND how we know these plates are moving.
**Be SPECIFIC with the locations and types of patterns you see!!
**Your Agenda Book has a world map on pp. 136-137 for reference and ID of continents and oceans
STEP 3: Get one of each map (all 4 maps together). Determine common patterns. On either the earthquake map or
the volcano map, draw where you think the plate boundaries are located from the evidence you documented
earlier. Compare with other groups and edit if desired.
STEP 4: Clean off your maps with a damp paper towel.
STEP 5: Look at this actual Plate Boundary Map. Document how the patterns you observerd from each map relate to
the locations of the plate boundaries. Write this in the "Patterns @ Boundaries" portion of your table boxes.
STEP 6. Below the table, summarize how the plate boundary locations relate to the event locations from the maps.
STEP 7: Color code the map that has the actual
plate boundaries. Each plate should be a
different color. Tape it into your NB.
Copy this data table into your NB (full page sized)
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