Plate Tectonics Lab




This interactive Plate Tectonics Lab tasks students with identifying less dense tectonic plate types and elucidate their impact. This “snack” tectonics lab not only allows students to delve into understanding how Earth’s tectonic plates interact but also facilitates the analysis of how diverse plate boundaries contribute to the formation of specific landforms and surface features.


Through this engaging hands-on experience, students gain a practical insight into the complex dynamics of the Earth’s crust.



  • Student Lab
  • Instructor Answer Key



  • Graham crackers
  • Plastic knife
  • Cup of water
  • Wax paper
  • Frosting
  • Fruit roll up


Grade Levels: 8th – 12th
Total Pages: 16
Teaching Duration: 45 Minutes


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