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Unit 7: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes

Unit 7 Focuses on the Study of Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes (ch 28)

Learning Objectives:
1. Use relative dating to sequence events recorded in a rock formation
2. Learn about Earth’s interior and the role it plays in shaping Earth’s surface
3. Apply basic science concepts like density, viscosity, convection, and energy transformation to Earth science
4. Learn about the theory of plate tectonics and be able to explain evidence that supports this theory
5. Compare and contrast plate boundaries: convergent, divergent, and transform
6. Learn about the theory of Continental Drift and explain evidence that supports this theory; also explain Pangaea
7. Learn about the causes and effects of earthquakes and where they occur

List of Unit 7A Assignments: (List may be added to or subtracted from during unit)

Class Power Points:

Layers of the Earth Assignment:
Earthquake Power Point Notes:

Unit 7 Class Assignment List:

_____ Daily Bell Work Assignments (5pts each) (Vocabulary)
_____ Class Notes/Summary from Ch 28 Power Point Presentations (several)
_____ Crossword Puzzle Ch 28.1
_____ Skills Sheet 28A: Relative Dating
_____ Interior Earth Layers Poster
_____ Pangaea Flip Book
_____ Types of plate boundaries presentation
_____ Types of Plate Boundaries Organizer
_____ “The Endless Voyage: World in Motion” Video Notes/Quiz
_____ Map of Tectonic Plates from tectonic events from
_____ “Greatest Discover with Bill Nye: Earth Science ” Video Notes/Quiz
_____ “Faces of Earth: Shaping the Planet ” Video Notes/Quiz
_____ Find the epicenter/focus of Earthquake Practice Sheet
_____ Results of Earthquakes Report
_____ Chapter 28: Plate Tectonics and Earthquake Test
_____ Earthquake Report


CA- California K-12 Academic Content Standards
Subject : Science
Grade : Grades Nine Through Twelve
Area : Earth Sciences
Sub-Strand : Dynamic Earth Processes
Concept 3: Plate tectonics operating over geologic time has changed the patterns of land, sea, and mountains on Earth’s surface. As the basis for understanding this concept:
a: Students know features of the ocean floor (magnetic patterns, age, and sea-floor topography) provide evidence of plate tectonics.
b: Students know the principal structures that form at the three different kinds of plate boundaries.
c: Students know how to explain the properties of rocks based on the physical and chemical conditions in which they formed, including plate tectonic processes.
d: Students know why and how earthquakes occur and the scales used to measure their intensity and magnitude.