Geography: Continental Drift
These sites are about the continental drift and plate tectonics. Interactive maps, quizzes, and diagrams are found on many of the sites. Included are eThemes resources on oceanography and earthquakes.
FactMonster: Alfred Wegener
Students can read this encyclopedia entry on Alfred Wegener. NOTE: The site includes ads.
How Stuff Works: Earthquakes
This site has animations of different kinds of faults. Also includes an explanation of plate tectonics. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Enchanted Learning: Plate Tectonics
This site has many diagrams and maps. Also includes some of the fossil evidence to support continental drift. Students can try the interactive quiz on plate tectonics.
Find out about the layers of the earth. Included is a printout to label the layers inside the earth.
NASA: On the Move
This site has an interactive map, glossary, continental drift interactive quiz, and a word search. Click on such topics as "Evidence Supporting Continental Drift," "NASA's Role in Investigating Continental Drift," and "Why Should Continental Drift Matter to Me?"
USGS: This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
This online book has the following chapters: "Historical Perspective," "Developing the Theory," "Understanding Plate Motions," "Hotspots," "Some Unanswered Questions," and more. There is also a PDF version of the book to download.
Smithsonian: This Dynamic Planet
This site has an interactive world map of volcanoes, earthquakes, impact craters, and plate tectonics. There is also an interactive map of the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Plate Tectonics Animation
Click on the browser refresh button to see the animation again.
PBS: Plate Tectonics
Try the activity that allows the manipulation of tectonic plates.
SuccessLink: Lesson Plan
This lesson plan for grades 6-8 is entitled "Do You Want to Be a Geologist?"
Continental Drift Mystery
This is a unit lesson plan on continental drift.
eThemes Resource: Science: Oceanography
These sites include information on the topography of the ocean floor and life in the ocean. Sea floor spreading, plate tectonics, and underwater volcanic activity are topics found on several of the sites. Many sites have photographs, maps, and videos. Included are two eThemes resource sites for younger grades, one on the geography of the ocean and the other on creatures of the ocean.
eThemes Resource: Natural Disasters: Earthquakes
tectonics, the Richter scale, epicenters, earthquake survival instructions, and more. Read about some of the largest earthquakes in history. There are quizzes, videos, and simulations. Included are links to eThemes Resources on the New Madrid Fault and Tsunamis.
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