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Assignments » Interactives: Dynamic Earth

Interactives: Dynamic Earth Interactives: Dynamic Earth


About this Interactive

Dynamic Earth is an interactive Web site where students can learn about the structure of the earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

How to Use This Site

Dynamic Earth consists of four sections and an assessment. Each section explores one aspect of the earth's structure and the movement of its tectonic plates. Simply follow the instructions on the screen to learn about the layers that make up the earth; how the continents arrived at their current locations; the constant movement of the tectonic plates; and the volcanoes, earthquakes, and other events that result from the movements of the plates.

Students are REQUIRED to take Cornell-style notes as they progress through the interactive lesson. You can write your notes on notebook paper or type them. You should include diagrams, memory strategies, etc. There should be a summary for every page of notes.

Students will view animations, read explanations, and use their mouse to drag and drop the earth's continents in their correct places, highlight features on a map, and cause earth's tectonic plates to move. At various points, students will check their knowledge by taking a quick quiz or playing a game to see how much they have learned about the Dynamic Earth.

Students should read section introductions carefully, as they give a basic overview of concepts, and use the Glossary to look up definitions to unfamiliar terms and add them to their margin notes.

Dynamic Earth includes an extensive assessment section designed to evaluate how well students have learned the interactive's content and skills. Multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and problem-solving questions are used to measure students' subject knowledge.

Grade for This Assignment: Your notes will be collected for a Portfolio grade. The final 30-question quiz at the end of this awesome, interactive lesson will be recorded for a concept-mastery grade. Take your time and learn the material before you start the quiz. This is NOT a race!

DO NOT print out the entire quiz at the end (HUGE waste of paper). INSTEAD, select/highlight the portion at the top of the results page that includes your name and your score, and then choose "PRINT SELECTION" in the PRINT menu. If you don't know how to do this, ask a neighbor or Mrs. Flynt to help you--don't waste the paper!!!

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