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Plate Tectonics and Island Formation Kit

Item # 331128 Online Only This product is not available in our print catalog. Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Construct an explanation of how matter cycles in Earth’s interior and apply it to the movement of Earth’s plates.
  • In addition to earth science, these materials can be used in a high school chemistry course.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 8 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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Students construct an explanation of how matter cycles in Earth’s interior and apply it to the movement of Earth’s plates. In this series of 4 investigations, they use models to describe the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. Students digitally explore data to find patterns in seismic activity, determine how temperature impacts density, and model convection currents and the formation of a volcano.

Curriculum Connection
While designed for a stand-alone earth science course, this series of activities could be incorporated into a high school chemistry course during a unit on energy and heat flow.

Time Requirements
Teacher prep, approximately 60 minutes. Completing the activities, approximately 1 week (200 minutes).

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectation(s)
HS-ESS2-3. Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe cycling of matter by thermal convection.
HS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.

Crosscutting Concepts
Energy and Matter
Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction

Disciplinary Core Ideas
ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with the idea that all Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling among the planet’s systems. Also, they should understand that Earth’s surface is comprised of plates that have moved over the history of the Earth.

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Plastic Container 8 Included
Black Sand 1 Included
Polystyrene Foam Cups, 8-oz 50 Included
Plastic Spoon 8 Included
Pipets 16 Included
Clear, Plastic Cups 8 Included
Polystyrene Sphere 8 Included
Food Coloring, Red 1 Included
Food Coloring, Blue 1 Included
Wax Blocks 8 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Hot Plate Needed, Not Included
Heat Resistant Gloves Needed, Not Included
Beakers, 600-mL Needed, Not Included
Beakers, 250-mL Needed, Not Included
Crayon or Colored Pencil, Red Needed, Not Included
Crayon or Colored Pencil, Blue Needed, Not Included
Thermometers or Temperature Probes Needed, Not Included
Water (hot, cold and room temperature) Needed, Not Included
Ice Needed, Not Included