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ScienceFLEX Our Active Earth Collection


Even in our short lifetimes, volcanoes build new islands, earthquakes tear apart the landscape, and the seafloor slowly creeps toward a new beginning. Guide students through an exciting exploration of forces within Earth wrapped up in 5E lesson plans where students investigate through active learning, then apply their new knowledge to the challenges of living on the Ring of Fire.

Driving Question: How do processes deep inside Earth cause the landforms and movements of Earth's crust?

Anchor Phenomenon: Tectonic processes that shape Earth.

ScienceFLEX® Investigative and Real-World Phenomena

  • Lesson 1: Earth Layers - How are the layers that make up Earth different?
    • Interactions of Earth's layer, and Kola Superdeep Borehole
  • Lesson 2: Continental and Oceanic Crust - How are continental and oceanic crust alike and different?
    • Landforms of continental crust and oceanic crust
  • Lesson 3: Tectonic Plates in Motion - Why have the position of Earth's continents changed over time?
    • Movement of Earth's tectonic plates
  • Lesson 4: Seafloor Spreading - How do convection currents and seafloor spreading affect Earth's crust?
    • Convection currents, Seafloor spreading, and Mid-Atlantic ridge
  • Lesson 5: When Plates Collide - What happens when tectonic plates collide?
    • Subduction and Mountain building
  • Lesson 6: Volcanoes - How do volcanoes form and erupt?
    • Volcanic formation, Eruption, and Lava flows
  • Lesson 7: Earthquakes - What causes earthquakes and what are their effects?
    • Earthquake, Aftershocks, and Damage
  • Lesson 8: Earth's Ring of Fire - Why are earthquakes and volcanoes common around the Pacific Rim?
    • Location of volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Warning systems


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