The Earth and Plate Tectonics(KS4: EPT)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
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Description ‘The Earth and Plate Tectonics’ workshop gets to grips with the wide-ranging evidence for the theory that underpins our detailed modern understanding of our dynamic planet – the theory of Plate Tectonics. The workshop begins with an introduction and progresses through a series of activities that are designed to help students develop their understanding. It uses several independent sources of evidence supporting the theory, including using rock and fossil evidence, seismic records, geothermal patterns, geomagnetism, and large-scale topographical features, both above and below sea-level. The workshop provides a reconstruction of plate movements over the past 450 million years which explains the record contained in the rocks of the UK - of an amazing journey across the face of our planet. It concludes by investigating some of the Earth hazards linked to plate tectonics, and how we can reduce loss of life. Please contact ESEU to arrange a convenient date and time for this NO FEE workshop; travel and sundry expenses are the only costs incurred.
Duration 90 minutes

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The Earth and Plate Tectonics

Expected learning outcomes:

  • an introduction to plate tectonics
  • distinction between the ‘facts’ of plate tectonics and the evidence used to support plate tectonic theory
  • a survey of some of the evidence supporting plate tectonic theory
  • an introduction to the evidence for the structure of the Earth and the links between the structure of the outer Earth and plate tectonics
  • explanation of some of the hazards caused by plate tectonic processes - earthquakes and eruptions
  • methods of teaching the abstract concepts of plate tectonics, using a wide range of teaching approaches
  • including practical and electronic simulations
  • approaches to activities designed to develop the thinking and investigational skills of students;
  • an integrated overview of the plate tectonic concepts commonly taught to secondary pupils through the KS4 National Curriculum for Science, as laid out in the GCSE Science specifications.
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The Earth and Plate Tectonics

This workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes the following hands-on, practical activities:

  • The Story for Teachers: Plate Tectonics
  • The big picture and the ‘facts’ of plate tectonics
  • What Wegener knew – and what he didn’t know
  • Continental Jigsaws *
  • Model Earth – Plasticine™ spheres *
  • From Magnetic Globe to Magnetic Rock Evidence *
  • Geobattleships *
  • The earthquake distribution evidence
  • Earthquakes - the slinky simulation *
  • Wave Motion – student molecules
  • The seismic evidence for the structure of the Earth
  • Why are the Earth’s tectonic plates called plates? *
  • Mantle Convection (in syrup) *
  • Properties of the Mantle – potty putty™ *
  • The heat flow evidence
  • Evidence from the age of the sea floor
  • Constructive plate margins - adding new plate material
  • Faults in a Mars™ Bar *
  • The magnetic stripes evidence *
  • Destructive plate margins - recycling material
  • Partial Melting *
  • Volcano in the Lab *
  • Plates in Motion – cardboard replica *
  • Fold Mountains in a Chocolate Box *
  • Plate Animation – Britain’s journey
  • Rate of Plate Movement *
  • Plate Riding – how is the plate you live on moving now?
  • Prediction of Earthquakes – ‘Brickquake’ *
  • Tsunami – making waves *
  • How to survive an earthquake
  • Bulging Volcanoes *
  • How Predictable are Volcanic Eruptions? – party popper simulation *

Note: those practical activities needing apparatus/materials are shown with a *

The general activity format for each of the above is as follows:

  • Activity
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Student practical or teacher demonstration
  • Time needed to complete the activity
  • Preparation and set-up time
  • Resources
  • Ideas for leading into the activity
  • Ideas for following up the activity

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • Workshop outcomes
  • Activities for the different science specifications
  • Resource List
  • Teaching points of ESEU workshop activities
  • Risk Assessments

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.