Lesson 5: Location and Setting: Plate Tectonics and Mountains
Plate Boundaries and Mountain Formation
Materials / Preparation
Groups of two
This activity should take one to three class periods.
Students must be familiar with plate tectonics and the geologic processes at work at convergent and divergent boundaries. The Plate Tectonics Lab, Part 1 and Part 2 provides teaching materials on this subject. Or, you may want to have your students explore Plate Tectonics : A Continuous Process as a way to review; accessible from the Mountain Building Student Web Page.
If you have a projection device available, it may be helpful to familiarize the students with the maps before they begin their work.
Have the students complete the Mountain Diagnostic Table on page 33 in their Journal. This will provide you with a demonstration of their understanding as well as a tool for the student to consolidate the information needed for writing the description for their National Geographic Photo Journals to be completed in Lesson 6. (Key provided in the Mountain Building Journal: Teacher's Guide)
Students can label a world map with the major mountain ranges and correlate them to current and past plate boundaries.