Learning and teaching resources on the fundamentals of plate tectonics and the basics of earthquakes are provided in this section. The treatment of plate tectonics emphasizes how the distribution and properties of plates and the motions at different kinds of plate boundaries explain global-scale patterns of earthquakes and volcanoes. Themes of the introduction to earthquakes are the nature of seismic waves, the geographic, depth, and size distribution of earthquakes, and the interplay of forces, faults, and friction that account for where and when earthquakes occur.
To efficiently learn about Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes using the TOTLE web site and to locate teaching resources on this topic, start by viewing the PowerPoint presentations. We recommend that first-time users download and view the presentations to understand the logical sequence of observations and concepts. These presentations are large files so downloading may require tens of seconds or even a minute. The first presentation you should view is Plate Tectonic PowerPoint Presentation that provides both an introduction to plate tectonics and links to teaching resources tailored for a middle school audience. You should then view the Earthquake Seismology PowerPoint Presentation that provides background information and links to teaching resources on fundamentals of earthquakes.
A PDF Guide to Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes is also available. This guide is an outline of the Plate Tectonic and Earthquake Seismology PowerPoint Presentations. The guide contains links to TOTLE Introduction to Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes teaching resources and a table of contents of teaching resources on this topic.
PowerPoint presentation introducing fundamental concepts and observations of Earthquake Seismology. May be used either as learning aid for teachers of Earth Science or edited by Earth Science teachers for classroom use. Note: When using the PowerPoint slides as a learning resource, it is important to read the notes that accompany each slide. These notes appear below the slide in PowerPoint “Normal View”.
This guide is an outline of two PowerPoint presentations (“Plate Tectonics” and “Earthquake Seismology”) that provide an Introduction to Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. The PDF contains links to teaching resources posted on the TOTLE web site and, in a few cases, to teaching resources on other web sites. The outline format is effective for users who want a quick overview of TOTLE resources or already know of particular resources they wish to download.
PowerPoint presentations introducing fundamental concepts and observations of Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. May be used either as learning aids for teachers of Earth Science or edited by Earth Science teachers for classroom use. Note: When using the PowerPoint slides as a learning resource, it is important to read the notes that accompany each slide. These notes appear below the slide in PowerPoint “Normal View”.