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3. Weekly Topic: Plate Tectonics
4. Note from a Subscriber
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
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#1. May 19,
Ouch! I hate typos and shoddy proofreading. And I hate it even more when the faux paux is
mine. Thank you to everyone who pointed mine out to me.
While we are on the topic of proofreading, Proofread.com offers a free weekly grammar tip
newsletter that I like, and I think would be fun to use in a high school or middle school classroom.
And what is it with the American Idol voters? I was very disappointed to see LaToya London
booted out last week. Just for fun, who’s your favorite Idol now?
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Plate Tectonics
by Barbara J. Feldman
Plate Tectonics Printable (** for premium members only)
Plate tectonics theory, formulated in the 1960s and 70s, states that the Earth’s outer crust is
composed of moving plates. For example, two hundred million years ago there was only one
super continent named Pangaea. Plate tectonics also explains how mountains, volcanos and
earthquakes are created as a by-product of continental drift.
Earth Floor: Plate Tectonics
Developed in partnership with NASA Classroom of the Future, this two-story virtual museum for
elementary and middle school students has an Earth Floor, and one dedicated to dinosaurs. This
four-page exhibit explains plate tectonics theory and three kinds of plate movement: converging,
diverging and transforming. Keep in mind that continental movement is very, very slow: “from
two centimeters to ten centimeters per year about the speed at which your fingernails grow.”
Enchanted Learning: Plate Tectonics
With lots of colorful illustrations, Enchanting Learning introduces continental drift and the Earth’s
plates to both elementary and middle-school students. If a picture is worth a thousand words,
how much is an animation worth? Perhaps they are priceless. The Continental Drift animation,
which can be run both forward and backwards, is a must-see that shows how the continents have
moved over the last 800 million years. Also noteworthy (about three quarters down the page) are
the paragraph on the father of plate tectonics, Alfred Wegener, and the quizzes and printable
PBS: Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker
“Take a hard-boiled egg and crack its shell. Does the egg remind you of anything? The Earth,
perhaps? The egg could be seen as a tiny model of the Earth. The thin shell represents the Earth’s
crust, divided into plates; within the shell is the firm but slippery mantle.” Visit this PBS Science
Odyssey (my pick of the day) for the Shockwave Plate Tectonics activity illustrating what
happens when Earth’s plates push and pull against each other. Next browse the thirteen related
articles, also available in printable versions with white backgrounds.
#4. Note from a
“Cool newsletter. Thanks.” Timothy, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Thank you, Timothy. I like your pithy style.
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#5. Related Games
Plate Tectonics Word Search
Tectonics Word Search
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Earthquake Word Search
(Learn how to make games just like these with my step-by-step
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