Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Plate Tectonics Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie

What do you know about plate tectonics?

What do you hope to learn about plate tectonics? 


During the Movie (Pause Points)


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

Timecode 2:03: Why would older seafloor be further from the peak of an underground ridge? 

Timecode 3:10: What are the forces in the planet that push tectonic plates apart? 

Timecode 4:57: How is volcanic activity similar to earthquakes? 



After the Movie


How are mountain ranges and the ocean’s Mid-Atlantic ridge alike? 

Why did the idea of Pangaea seem absurd to scientists in Wegner’s day? 




*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.