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Edible Plate Tectonics Lesson Overview

Students will create models using food to demonstrate the movement of the plates in plate tectonics.


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2 Days
Individuals, partners, groups
PTI Inquiry
3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 5.2, 5.8, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 8 min - Computer, projector, cellphones 2 Students will watch an ice age engaging video clip tying in Earth’s layers with plate tectonics
Explore 30 min 3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 5.8, 7.3 - 3 Students will perform an edible plate tectonics lab and starting their graphic organizer
Explain 30 min 4.1, 5.2 - 2-3 Students will finish their graphic organizers.
Expand 30 min 5.2 Computer, projector, cellphones 3 Students will use the Kagan strategy group-pair-share. Students will plot their examples on a world map.
Evaluate 2-5 min - - 1 Students will be given a 3 question assessment

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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