Understanding tectonic plates

This lesson is designed for KS2 students. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of three wider units which are available on Teach It Forward:

The presentation introduces the idea that the world’s crust is split into tectonic plates and looks at how these are related to volcanoes and earthquakes.

The activity challenges students to identify tectonic plates using a map. It is differentiated two ways:

Easier – Students identify the world’s tectonic plates using a colour-coordinated map.
Harder – Students identify the world’s tectonic plates using a plain map.

Extension – Students use an atlas to find out which tectonic plate countries of the world are located on.

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This product is available as part of the bundle: Volcanoes - KS2 Volcanoes & Earthquakes - KS2 Earthquakes - KS2

3 reviews for Understanding tectonic plates

  1. Chelsea W

    This was a fun and challenging activity for my students to complete during virtual learning!

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  3. Luke Shone

    My children learnt a lot from this lesson, it helped they understand and identify the names of tectonic plates. Great resource.

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