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Google Maps and Google Earth are used here to study plate tectonics and the corresponding locations of earthquakes and volcanoes

Subject:

Science  

Grades:

6, 7, 8  

Title – Google Earth & Plate Tectonics
By – Erik Hanchett
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 6-8

 

Objective:

Students will use Google Maps and Google Earth to map out the Earth’s plate boundaries along with the locations of earthquakes and volcanoes and then identify the pattern.

Standards:

Technology:

  • TSS1C1PO1
  • TSS1C3PO1
  • TSS1C2PO1
  • TSS1C2PO3
  • TSS3C2PO2
  • TSS4C2PO1
  • TSS1C2PO2

Science:

  • MSS6C2PO3,5

Description:

  • Students will use Google Maps and Google Earth to map out the locations of earthquakes, volcanoes and plate boundaries.
  • Students will map these onto paper and then write a summary of the relationship between these landforms.

Procedure:

  • Mid-ocean ridges and deep sea trenches can easily be seen through the satellite images of Google Earth. Students can map these out on a worksheet of a world map.
  • Next, Google Earth has layers under various topics like earthquakes and volcanoes. These are highlighted and information can be accessed.
  • Students can add volcanoes and earthquakes locations with symbols onto their maps.
  • Once the maps are made, students can visualize the pattern between plate boundaries and the location of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Assessment:

  • Student generated map and key.

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