Modeling Plate Tectonics

Summary:

In this activity, students will use actual data from historic oceanographic cruises to examine sea floor spreading. They will also model sea floor spreading at a spreading center such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Topic: 
Plate tectonics
Topic: 
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Topic: 
Physics
Topic: 
Technology and Engineering
Topic: 
JOIDES Resolution
Topic: 
Cores
Activity Type: 
Classroom Activities
Grade level: 
5-8

Curriculum standards

National Science Education Content Standards: 
Standard A: Unifying concepts and processes in science
Standard B: Science as inquiry
Standard C: Physical science
Standard E: Earth and space science
Standard F: Science and technology
Next Generation Science Standards: Cross Cutting Concepts: 
Patterns
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, quantity
Energy and matter
Stability and change
Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices: 
Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Next Generation Science Standards: Core Ideas: 
ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
ESS2. E Biogeology
PS1.A Structure of matter
PS2.A Forces and motion
PS2.B Types of interactions
PS3.B Conservation of energy and energy transfer
PS3.C Relationship between energy and forces