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The Biggest Plates on Earth - NOAA Ocean Explorer

Lesson Plan 

Students use maps of the Pacific Basin to determine tectonic plate movement and  differentiate the three types of boundaries that typically occur between tectonic plates.

Concept: Geologic movement
Ocean and land movement has shaped the geologic features of the earth.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Origin and evolution of the earth system

9-12 E Science and Technology
Understandings about science and technology

9-12 G History and Nature of Science
Science as a human endeavor

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth (concepts a, c, d, e)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 13 A Revolution in Science: The Theory of Plate Tectonics 13:1-29