WebQuest to meet Louisiana Student Standards for Science
4-ESS2-2: Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
Students are plotting earthquake data on a map using lines of latitude and longitude to describe the patterns and comparing it to a map of plate tectonic boundaries in order to look for patterns and features of Earth.
Disciplinary Core Idea:
Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions: The locations of mountain ranges, deep ocean trenches, ocean floor structures, earthquakes, and volcanoes occur in patterns. Most earthquakes and volcanoes occur in bands that are often along the boundaries between continents and oceans.
This Disciplinary Core Idea covers a large band of Earth systems and the purpose of this WebQuest is to hone in on earthquakes specifically to develop the knowledge and understanding of where earthquakes occur and begin the thought process of how plate tectonics are involved in where earthquakes take place. Students are using the two different maps to look for patterns and explain those patterns once they are found.
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