Curriculum Collections: Plate Tectonics Puzzle

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North American crustal plates and earthquake epicenters

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  • Classroom Activities

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American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

Description: 

The Earth's crust is not a solid shell. It is made of thick, interconnecting pieces called tectonic plates that fit together like a puzzle. In this activity, students will: use logic and the evidence to reconstruct the position of large islands and continents as they appeared 220 million years ago; understand the theory of continental movement and plate tectonics; and describe how scientists use different kinds of evidence to form theories.

Publication Year: 

2007

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Is this tagged to NGSS by the organization?: 

No

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