Lessons in Geography
Plate Tectonics


Guides, Grading, References

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Introducción al Objeto de Aprendizaje (L.O.)


Lessons in Geography: Plate Tectonics Student Guide

 Lecciones en Geografía: Tectónica de Placas Guía del Estudiante


Study Guide for Post-Test

Guía de posttest


Grading of Journal

Calificación del Diario

Grading of Discussion board.

Resumen de puntaje por actividades en el panel de mensajes



The links provided here are allowed per the free use guideline for educational and non-commercial purposes. Permission was obtained from non-federal agencies for posting of the link.

U.S. Geological Survey 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 

Project ALERT, "How Volcanos Work."  a joint effort between Cal State University San Diego (Dr. Vic Camp) and NASA. 

Stevens Intitutute of Technology, The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). 

The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco

Michael Ritter's online physical geography glossary terms






Journal Writing

You are to address the following topics in your journal. 

1.    Provide definitions for the following terms: core, crust, mantle, magma, pangea, ring of fire, lithospheric plates,  igneous rocks, tsunami, fault, and earthquake.

2.    Briefly discuss the Theory of Plate Tectonics.

3.    Compare and contrast the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 in Japan. Which do you believe was more devastating to the people of Japan?

4.    Briefly discuss the four types of plate boundaries and what physical processes occur at each type.

5.    Briefly discuss the types of volcanoes and what processes determine if they are passive or aggressive?

6.    As a summary for the journal include a personal reflection of your thinking process on how you educated yourself on this topic and what was the most important thing you learned from your journal exploration.


Links for Journal

A full explanation of Plate Tectonics by USGS. Read all sections. (Preface, Historical Perspective, Developing the Theory of Plate Tectonics, Understanding Plate Tectonics, Hot Spots, Unanswered Questions, Plates and People, and End Notes.

Glossary of Terms USGS

Glossary of Terms

More on plates  This sites includes good animations and activities.


Volcanic Processes

Ask an  Expert

Nova  video on Japan's crisis.

Deberás golpear el botón de "Actualizar" entre cada parte del video.
You will need to hit the "refresh" button between each part of the video.




Discussion Board

The message board will be used to discuss topics asynchronously.

 Read these  personal accounts and others that you can find on the Internet.

Famous Earthquake Accounts: Mark Twain, Jack London, John Muir

More eyewitness accounts

You will address the following questions in the discussion board.

1. How did the earthquakes affect the personal lives of people you read about?

2.  Share a personal  earthquake experience or discuss the hazards associated with an earthquake.

Postings should be relevant to our topics. Do not post inappropriate messages.  Please interact in a scholarly fashion, do not attack each other.  Point out problems in a helpful way.  The message board will be monitored.  You may of course ask questions of one another and me if you do not understand something about our assignments or content.