Goals, Objectives and Materials

For Lesson #3

"How the Earth's Plates Move"


To help students understand the concept of plate tectonics.



Students will:

  1. Become familiar with and be able to demonstrate the process of folding;
  2. Become familiar with the process of convection current movement in the asthenosphere;
  3. Become familiar with processes that produce convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries.




  1. One copy of Content Lesson # 3 for each student
  2. Four strips of foam rubber 4 inches by 30 inches and about 1 inch thick. The foam rubber should be made of different colors. These strips will represent layers (strata) in the crust of the earth. (See Hands-On lesson #3)