Tectonic Hazards: The Distribution of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

AQA GCSE Geography lesson for Unti 1A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards. there is a retrieval practice starter grid which will just need filling out by the teacher with appropriate questions. Pupils begin by looking at the location of earthquakes and volcanoes by plotting their location on a map using longitude and latitude. Pupils then describe the pattern using T.E.A (trend, examples, anomaly). We then look at the plates and margins. The pupils use description of the plates locations to work out where they are then descriptions of their movements to draw on arrows of the plates direction of travel. We examine the link between the locations and plate margins and briefly explain the anomalies by looking at hotspot volcanoes. We then tackle a GCSE-style question with guidance for the pupils if needed.

In a nutshell lesson includes:

Retrieval practice starter
Longitude and latitude skills task plotting tectonic hazards
Map task using descriptions of plate locations and movements
Hotspot diagram drawing
GCSE-style question with guidance.

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