MS-ESS2-3: Evidence of Plate Tectonics

Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. (Patterns)

Clarification Statement: Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches).

Assessment Boundary: Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.


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Anchor Charts



Plate tectonics
Evidence of past plate motion
 - Fossils and rocks
 - Continental shapes (including continental shelves)
 - Ocean structures (e.g. ridges, fracture zones, and trenches)



Learning Plans

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