Puzzling Plates
Puzzling Plates
Provides an interactive, engaging experience that inspires you to explore the large, tectonic plates that make up the surface of Earth. Experience how plates fit together. Explore what happens at plate boundaries. Discover how earthquakes and volcanoes relate to plate tectonics.
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You will Learn:

  • plate tectonics
  • the name and location Earth’s major tectonic plates
  • types of plates and plate boundaries
  • Earth’s layered structure
  • the relationship between earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate boundaries
  • world geography and maps

Features Include:

  • an interactive jigsaw puzzle of Earth’s major tectonic plates
  • movies that demonstrate each type of plate boundary
  • tectonic plates that you can move in different directions to explore plate boundary types
  • game-like activities in three levels, each with increasing difficulty, plus bonus activities
  • student scores can now be printed or shared

Grade levels:

  • 5–13

Teacher Resources:

System Requirements
iPad iOS 9.3 or later
Mac OS X 10.11 or later
Kindle Fire or later

Debbie Gorrell - Common Sense Education

“…With interactive levels that challenge, score, and assess learning, Puzzling Plates is a valuable science tool for the classroom. The levels have activities and bonus rounds that cover specific topics related to plate tectonics.…”

Dana O. - Common Sense Education

“…Students developed a deeper understanding of Plate Tectonics in one period using this app, than they typically would across days of "typical" instruction. I highly recommend this app for anyone teaching plate tectonics.…”

Jennifer V - Common Sense Education

“…Older students could easily memorize plates and their relative sizes using this app, as well as make some important observations about where earthquakes and volcanoes cluster. They can also learn about the different types of plate movements in a tactile way that is much more engaging than a geography book diagram!”

Mrs. Feeney - NCS EdTech News blog

“…I have never seen students so intent on looking at maps! The app is so multi-layered and tactile and was engaging for every learner.…”

Education SPEAKS - Moving the conversation forward

Education SPEAKS listed Puzzling Plates iPad app on their website as one of 15 cool educational apps to try at home.

Mobile iEducator - the world of mobile learning

“This app would be an excellent supplement to a lesson or unit on the Earth for middle school students. The fact that this app is both visual and interactive makes it a more interesting way to learn about the tectonic plates and the results of shifting plates.”

Jennifer Bogart - Apps For Homeschooling

“From plate tectonics to the layers of the earth, to the formation of volcanoes and mountain ranges through tectonic plate interaction, and more – Puzzling Plates is a fun and challenging way to explore Earth science topics hands-on with the iPad.”
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
  • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4,7,8,9
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