Here’s our hands-on studies of tectonic plate movements, 2nd grade style.
a tray with a thin layer of chilled jello (jelly)
graham crackers for the earth’s crustal plates
colored icing (green-continents and blue-oceans)
|You can see LD putting the continent and ocean onto his plate (ie. graham cracker).|
|Next, we pushed the plates together and showed how at times the magma is forced up between the plates… ie forming volcanoes. We looked at a map that shows the Pacific Ring of Fire (the ring of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean region). Here’s an example of the Ring of Fire.|
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