II. UNIT 5: PLATE TECTONICS
a. Unit Introduction:
1. C20 Explain how the boundaries of tectonic plates can be inferred from the location of earthquakes and volcanoes.
CT State Grade Level Expectations (Draft)
GRADE-LEVEL CONCEPT 2: u Volcanic activity and the folding and faulting of rock layers during the shifting of Earth’s crust affect the formation of mountains, ridges, and valleys.
5. At the locations where two tectonic plates interact, a boundary exists. There are divergent boundaries (where plates move apart causing trenches and new crust to form), convergent boundaries (where plates push together causing folding, faulting and uplift), and transform boundaries (where plates slide past each other causing a build-up of resistance that can result in earthquakes). Connecticut has a great deal of fault rock evidence of crustal separation.
SCIENTIFIC LITERACY TERMINOLOGY: Erosion, weathering, glacier, valley, floodplain, core, mantle, folds, fault/fault line, continent, tectonic plate, plate boundary, convection, mountains, volcano, earthquake.
c. Essential Questions
d. Essential Concepts
e. Essential Skills