Science Scope and Sequence, Plate Tectonics

Science Standard VI, Earth and Space Science

Lesson 611, Plate Tectonics

Defining composition

Identifying the layers of the Earth

Defining inner core, outer core, mantle, upper mantle, lower mantle, silicates, asthenosphere, and lithosphere

Defining plastic

Identifying the atmospheres

Describing crustal plates

Understanding the role of nuclear fusion, radioactive decay, uranium, and convection currents

Describing the theory of plate tectonics and the theory of seafloor spreading

Describing an earthquake and continental drift

Understanding the history of Pangaea and a supercontinent

Defining focus, epicenter, and margins (constructive, conservative, and destructive)

Describing the result of a volcanic eruption

Identifying seafloor spreading, the mid-Atlantic Ridge, the San Andreas Fault, and the Richter scale

Listing four ways plates interact with one another

Stating an explanation for plate movement

Knowing fusion and fission at the earth’s core

Explaining how radioactive decay and gravitational energy generate Earth’s internal heat

Understanding convection of Earth’s internal heat as the power behind plate movement

Defining volcano, lava, subduction, eruption, fault, earthquake, seismologist, seismograph, epicenter, and magnitude


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