Plate Tectonics Reading Article and Worksheet


This plate tectonics reading and worksheet introduce students to plate boundaries, convection in the mantle, and how Earth’s tectonic plates move.

Grades 7 and Up

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This plate tectonics reading includes both print and Google Slides options to assign!

In this activity, students will:

  • READ a 2-page text passage called “What is Plate Tectonics?”
  • ANSWER 11 text-dependent and 3 critical thinking questions using information directly from the text. No prior knowledge is required.

Topics Covered:

  • Lithosphere and asthenosphere
  • Convection in the mantle tectonic plates
  • Plate boundaries (and the basics of what happens at each)

Teacher Notes:

  • Save time and copies! Make just one class set of the article and reuse them class-to-class! Students only write on their answer sheet.
  • Includes an answer key.
  • Related NGSS Standards: MS-ESS2-1 and MS-ESS2-2
  • Please note: This plate tectonics reading is NOT editable.

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