Lesson Title - PLC-METS


Lesson Title

Teacher Name: Mary Ervin

Grade Level: Sixth

Unit Topic: Plate Tectonics

Time Frame: 1 week

Targeted TEKS/Scopes & Sequence

6.10 D) describe how plate tectonics causes major geological events such as ocean basins, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building

Learning Objectives/Big Ideas:

Boundaries of tectonic plates are the locations, most frequently, of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building. The movement of tectonic plates is also responsible for the features of ocean basins.

Grabber ( 5E: Engagement ):

Eruption of underwater volcano in the Pacific http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1163121/Pictured-Thespectacular-eruption-underwater-volcano-South-Pacific.html

Case Study and Simulated Research Activity ( 5E: Engagement ): http://davekk.com/Iceland/index.htm

Guiding Questions ( 5E: Exploration, Explanation, & Elaboration ):

What patterns do you see?

Explain you classifications.

How does this relate to the geological events occurring in Iceland?

Student Activities that Engage Students in Scientific Practices ( 5E: Exploration,

Explanation, & Elaboration ):

In groups, students study maps of seafloor age, volcanology, seismology, and topography. They should be able to classify up to 5 different areas on each map.

Students become an expert on their type of map and then “jigsaw” students. http://terra.rice.edu/plateboundary/downloads.html

Assessment ( 5E: Evaluation ):

Students are shown various images of geological formations and tell how they were formed.