Reflection: Joy Plate Tectonics - Section 4: Explore


Using Food in Lessons

Using food in lessons is a great way to get students excited and involved in the lesson.  You can see in the video of modeling plate movement, the students are all engaged and excited.  You hear them yelling out what is happening each time and waiting eagerly for the next set of directions.  The activity reinforces what they learned through the lesson, but does it in a fun way.  The students don't even realize they are still doing science.  

Some students did struggle with getting their graham crackers to move because they were stuck in the peanut butter or Nutela.  It is very important to tell students not to push down on their cracker, just to lightly apply force in the direction you want it to go.  Several students did break their crackers.  

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Plate Tectonics

Unit 7: Earth's Systems
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT describe the impact that plate tectonics have on the topography of Earth.

Big Idea: After learning about plate tectonics, students will model how plates move when a prompt is given.

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