Plate Tectonics (PT), Earthquakes (EQ), and
Volcanoes (VO) project
Purpose: To understand the theory of plate tectonics, earthquakes, and
volcanoes and to present the information in a creative manner.
Due: You will sign up for a presentation day between Nov.10th and Nov. 25th.
It must be presented on the day you sign up for or else you will lose valuable
Worth: 100pts You may work with 1 or 2 other students
from your class!
You may research one of the following topics:
Project Mohole, begun March 1961.
Deep-Sea Drilling Project, begun 1968
One of the following volcanoes: Mt, Vesuvius (Italy), Mt. St. Helen’s
(WA), Mauna Loa (HI), & Paricutin (Mexico)
One of the following earthquakes: San Francisco, CA (1906), Chile
(1960), Kobe, Japan (1995), & Southeast Asia (2004)
Minnesota’s volcanic history
Theory of continental drift & plate tectonics
Scientists who study earthquakes, plate tectonics, & volcanoes
The Ring of Fire
Population density in active areas of volcanoes and earthquakes and
the consequences of living in these areas
Volcano location, kinds of eruptions, how are they related to
earthquakes, and what effect do they have on the environment
How often do earthquakes occur, how their magnitude is expressed,
how are they related to volcanoes, and what effect do they have on
You may choose one of the following formats for how you will
present your information.
1) Write a story about a scientist on the day they announced
their discovery or on their job. Include all necessary
2) Make a poster depicting the events of a famous volcanic
eruption or earthquake.
3) Create a game with at least 50 questions and a related game
board. You must include at least 5 higher level thinking
questions that have no right or wrong answer. See Mrs.
Herrscher for details on these types of questions.
4) Research a major earthquake, volcano, or tsunami and make
a diary of that experience as if you were there. Include
location, type of event, destruction that occurred, deaths,
and also describe the event using your 5 senses.
5) Create a timeline of the development of seismology, using
pictures and creativity. Below the line, include what other
events where going on in the world at the same time.
6) Write poems or sing a song about plate tectonics,
earthquakes, or volcanoes. Work must be original. More
than one poem must be written or this format can be
combined with another format. You must include at least 5
facts in your poem or song.
7) Draw cartoons that use humor to explain the theories, in
8) Read articles (at least 5) from the newspapers and/or the
Internet about seismic activity. Clip out the articles and
describe the types of boundaries present in the articles and
write up summaries using the 5 W’s (who, what, when,
where, and why) in complete sentences.
9) Research the volcanic history of Minnesota and display your
information in a creative way.
10) Create a mural or collage of various plate tectonic
topics. Include a 5 paragraph explanation that covers the
necessary research topics.
11) Create a children’s book about plate tectonics,
earthquakes, volcanoes, or tsunamis. Use creativity,
pictures, and an original story line.
12) Create a 3D model of plate tectonics, earthquakes, or
volcanoes. Include a 5 paragraph explanation that covers
the necessary research topics.
13) Write a research paper on a famous earthquake or
14) Create a piece of art (painting, drawing, photography,
etc.) on plate tectonics, earthquakes, or volcanoes and
include a 5 paragraph explanation of your art.
15) Create a project of your choice, with approval from
The following factors must be considered for all projects:
It must be typed.
It must include the name of the student.
It must be neat, colorful, & creative.
Information to include in your project:
Types of faults/stress
Types of boundaries/plate boundaries
History of your topic
Layers of the Earth
Measuring & monitoring your topic
Changes to the Earth’s surface
Mrs. Herrscher 2008