Plate Tectonics Project!                        

Reference Sites

Your assignment is to make a model, a poster, or prepare a presentation about some feature or features caused by plate tectonics.  You might want to use your science book, chapters 10, 11, or 12 to find information.  Of course, you can use the Internet or any books you may have or check out from the Media Center.  If you make a model or a map, you might want to use homemade playdough or paper mache. There is even a recipe for something called paper mache clay.  

Some project suggestions are:

a.  Mid-ocean ridge-complete and label parts     b.  Ring of Fire  

c.  The three types of plate boundaries d.  Map showing the plate boundaries  

e.  Map showing the volcanoes found in the United States

f.  Mt. St. Helens poster project            g.  Famous/historical volcanoes

h.  Volcano model showing the major parts

i.  Model of the sea-floor features   see Chapter 19 in science book

j.  Models of the Hawaiian Islands

k. Model of the Earth showing the layers and some facts

l.  Any other good ideas you may come up with- just check with Mr. B first.

Any volcano models must be based upon a real volcano.  If you want to make a model, you must research a real volcano, tell where it is, whether active, dormant, or extinct and explain what the differences are.   Shield or cone, etc.  Boundary or hotspot.  History of eruptions, damage, fatalities.  Lava flow or explosive.


Some more suggestions:


1.  Make a map of Iceland and show the rift valley as well as all volcanoes


2.  Make a map of the U.S. and show all volcanoes and/or fault lines


3.  Paper mache model of the Earth showing the Ring of Fire, mid-ocean ridge or whatever.


4.  Locate and show the New Madrid Seismic Zone; which states does it affect?


5.  Make a map showing the Ring of Fire; explain what causes it, name the countries that have volcanoes in the Ring of Fire.


6.  Create a model of the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge; explain what causes it, how it is explored, how it was discovered, what countries it is close to.


7.  Create a model showing a mid-ocean ridge, a subduction zone, a mountain range, and a transform boundary


8.  Create a model of the U.S. showing different the different seismic features, ex. Yellowstone , San Andrea Fault…explain similarities and/or differences


9. Poster/ Model: different world volcanoes, locations, type of cone, type ejecta


10. Hawaii volcano park, model of the island showing the location, description of the volcano, type of ejecta, cone… Kilauea volcano


11. Yellowstone , location, facts, facts, facts, explain what a super volcano is


12. Mt. St. Helens , and the other Washington State volcanoes.


13. Krakatoa


14. Pompeii and Vesuvius


15. 1964 Alaska Earthquake


16. Paricutin , Mexico


17. Mt. Pintatubo in the Phillipines


18. Making Earthquake resistant buildings/what is being done to make people safer from earthquakes?  

20. Mt. Vesuvius , Mt. Etna, and Stromboli-compare and contrast.

21. El Salvador Earthquake Jan 2001

22. New Madrid Earthquakes

23. 1964 Alaskan Earthquake

24. 1994 Northridge Earthquake

25.Indian Earthquake Jan 2001


Some helpful links:  add dish detergent to vinegar/soda  makes a model of plates  Excellent map of the plate boundaries, interactive







Here are two homemade play dough recipes:

Nature's Playdough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water (you can add food color to the water before you mix it into the flour)
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
beet, spinach, and carrot juice (sounds gross)
Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the playdough with your hands until of proper consistency. Use as is, or divide into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make green, pink, and orange.


4 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered tempera (dry water color paint)
1/4 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water  (You can add food color to the water before you mix it into the flour)
1 tablespoon oil
Mix together flour, powdered paint and salt. Mix water and oil, and food coloring if desired. Gradually stir the water and oil mix into the flour mix. Knead the playdough as you add the liquid. Add more water if too stiff, more flour if sticky.
Paper Mache recipes
Raw Flour and Water Paste:
This is the paste I almost always use, because it’s stronger than boiled paste and you can complete a project with only a few layers of paper. To make up the paste, just pour some white flour in a bowl, and add water gradually until you have a consistency that will work well. (Use a small kitchen mixer so you don’t have any lumps).
How thick should you make your paste? It’s actually up to you. Experiment with thick pastes that resemble hotcake batter, and thin pastes that are runny and watery. You get to decide which ones you prefer.
Keep in mind that it is the flour, and not the water, that gives strength to your paper mache sculpture. And also remember that each layer of paste and paper that is added to your project must dry completely to keep it from developing mold.  The traditional paper to use for paper mache is newspaper, which is torn into short strips. (Cut edges should be avoided, because they don’t blend in.) Newspaper is cheap, and it is a soft paper that is easy to bend and mold around a sculpture.

Paper Mache Clay
This sounds very interesting.  Check out this website for the recipe and to see how to make it:

Classroom Resources:

Buckle Down Book- pg 68 and pg 132
Coach Book- pg 90 and pg 138
Mastering Georgia- pg 93 and pg 64
ScienceSaurus Book pg 181 and pg 207