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Assessment plan for

Unit 1: the dynamic earth

by Ivar Archer Zemmels, Minnesota

Name: Due Date:

C-Layer: Complete 70 points Score

1. Listen to lecture and take notes (5 pts/day). Day 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____ 5____

2. Read the chapter and answer the questions at the end of each chapter (15 pts/day).

Day 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____ 5____

3. Watch the Video "A Trip Through the Earth." (15 pts).

4. On a world map, identify and label all the continents and oceans. (10 pts)

5. On a world map, identify 10 major crustal plates and label them. (10 pts)

6. On a world map, with crustal plates identified, mark the direction of motion

of the plates and indicate the types of boundaries (divergent, transform, or

convergent). (10 pts)

7. Tell why "Earth" is capitalized in these discussions. (2 pts)

8. Watch the Video "Hot is Hot, Cold is Not." (15 pts).

9. Design a poster depicting the structure of the Earth's interior. (15 pts)

10. Make vocabulary flash cards and practice your vocabulary. (15 pts)

11. Practice computerized training set and answer questions. (10 pts each)

12. Listen to audio reviews of each chapter and answer questions. (10 pts each)

13. Make a drawing of the bench setup to illustrate convection cells. Label all the

materials used. Illustrate the motion of the convection currents in a separate

panel. (15 pts)

14. Draw a cross section of a mid-ocean ridge and label the parts. Indicate the motion of the components. (10 pts)

15. Draw a cross section of a subduction zone and label the parts. Indicate the motion of the components. (10 pts)

16. Make a complete semantic map of the structure of the Earth. (15 pts)

B-Layer: Complete one exercise for 15 points Points

1. Pretend that you are writing a journal on a journey to the center of the Earth in an

especially designed vehicle. Write a short story about what you would sense as you

descend into the Earth. Describe how your vehicle could withstand the high

temperatures and pressures, and have the ability to penetrate various densities

of rock.

2. Interview a geologist or an earth scientist to find out what how the Plate Tectonic

Theory has influenced how he or she thinks about the Earth and how it influences his

or her work.

3. You are in a submarine. Describe the sights and sounds around a mid-ocean ridge.

Illustrate what you might see.

A-Layer: Complete one exercise for 15 points Points

1. Some geologists have proposed that nuclear wastes be placed in a subduction zone as a means of disposal. The idea is that the nuclear wastes will sink deep into the Earth

and they would not bother us again. Read 3 articles and tell whether you think that

this is a good idea?

2. The mid-ocean ridges and the islands that grow up from them (like Iceland) are

hotbeds of geothermal energy. Describe how you might harness some of this

energy. Discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using geothermal


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