Plate Tectonics Unit Summary
Brief Overview of enhancements:
Lesson 43 incorporates the engineering design process into this unit. The lesson lasts 5 days and involves designing and constructing buildings capable of withstanding earthquakes.
Lesson 49 is an opportunity for students to not only review their past Earth Science learning in the unit, but it also allows them to struggle with messy decisions. There is not a clear “winner” as the best site to store nuclear waste, so students must struggle with trade-offs and discussing differing ideas.

Lesson #
Lesson Name
WA Science Standard(s)
Modification/Notes
Duration (55 min)
36
Talking it over: Storing Waste
SYSA, SYSF, APPE, APPF
*Optional EA Lesson
2
37
Modeling: Volcanic Landforms
ESD, INQF
No changes
1
38
Reading: Beneath the Earth's Surface
ES2E
No changes
1-2
39
Investigation: Earth Time
INQC, ES3A, ES3B
Supplements need to be made for standards: ES3B and ES3C.

Possible supplements:

Drill core SEPUP supplement, Internet Activities (Fossils and Geo Age).
1-5
40
Investigation: The Continent Puzzle
ES3A, ES3B
DO NOT use the kit’s puzzle pieces.

USE Recreating Pangaea Assignment and The Continent Puzzle Analysis Questions
1-2
41
Talking it Over: Continental Drift
INQC
No changes
1-2
42
View and Reflect: The Theory of Plate Tectonics
INQH
No changes
1-2
46
Modeling: Convection Currents
PS3B (energy), PS3C (energy)
No changes
2-3
43
Modeling: Measuring Earthquakes
INQE
Shake Things Up ED project
(replaces lesson 43 from SEPUP kit)

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5-7
44
Problem Solving: Mapping Plates
ES2F
No changes
1-2
45
Reading: Understanding Plate Boundaries
ES2F, ES3C, ES3D
No changes
1-2
47
Computer Simulation: Spreading Plates
ES3C, ES3D
No changes
1-2
48
Computer Simulation: Other Types of Plate Motion
INQF
No changes
1-2
49
Talking it Over: Comparing Site Risk
APPE
Include Comparing Site Risks CER

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1-2