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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 detailed 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. You notes need to incorporate spatial organization that demonstrates emphasis and shows the relationship between major concepts and related but minor supporting details.

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 become a required Portfolio entry. 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!

You DO NOT need to print out the entire quiz at the end (HUGE waste of paper) unless you really want to. When you complete it, click on the link to see your results and open the page to see your NAME and your SCORE at the top. You will know you are on the correct screen if you can also see your results on the first few questions that you answered displayed on your computer screen. Be sure to look over all of the questions that you missed. I expect you to document the concepts addressed in any questions that you missed or struggled with (don't just record the question number--all questions are randomized).

Once you have looked over your results, right-click your results and "SELECT ALL" with your cursor; then click "COPY." Open a blank word document and click "PASTE" to paste your results into the word document. Save the file and submit it to me using the "TURN IN" button on the assignment post in EDMODO. If you run into trouble, at the very least you can always click "PRINT SCREEN" to copy what you see on your screen and then paste that image into a Word document. If you don't know how to do this, ask Mrs. Flynt to help you, or--if worse comes to worse--at least try printing the first page of your results so that you can show me your score! In the reply box on the Edmodo assignment page, please be sure to indicate the concepts addressed in any questions that you missed or struggled with (don't just record the question number--all questions are randomized). That way I can provide you with customized feedback!

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