Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics

Author: Lisa Eisman

After viewing assigned media content, the student will be able to explain how media can contribute to his or her knowledge of the theory of plate tectonics.  

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CA SCIENCE STANDARD 6.1a  Students know evidence of plate tectonics is derived from the fit of the continents; the location of earthquakes, volcanoes, and mid ocean ridges; and the distribution of fossils, rock types, and ancient climatic zones.


CCSS SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

The Big Question:

Why are these media resources effective in demonstrating evidence that supports the theory of plate tectonics?


1. Watch the video and follow two links below.  As you watch and interact with this media, ask yourself how these resources are helping you to understand the theory of plate tectonics.  (Hint: Do they help you to see?) Think about learning with your textbooks and compare your experience to learning with online media.

2. You will write a 1-2 paragraph explanation answering the big question above. 

Plate Tectonics: An Introduction

Source: Plate Tectonics: An Inroduction. (2014, January 1). . Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.earthsys.plateintro/plate-tectonics-an-introduction/

Earth Like a Puzzle

Follow this link to an interactive website.  Click on all four of the tabs and other links for further exploration.

Source: 2000-2001 Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Plate Tectonics: The Changing Shape of the Earth

Source: 1996-2014. National Geographic Education