MS-ESS2-3 Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
Clarification Statement: Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches).
Assessment Boundary: Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.
This resource appears to be designed to build towards this performance expectation, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.
Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
The PE places an emphasis on the plates and boundaries and collisions. The missing element of this PE is the analysis of fossil evidence and rocks. In the Plate Tectonics tab, the opening paragraph of a reading passage mentions plants and fossils found along the coasts of continents, but the students are not actually analyzing or interpreting information on fossils or rocks. A teacher might have a pencil, paper and cut-out modeling activity where the students cut out the continents and line them up to form Pangaea where the fossils are shown. A video of scientists looking at fossil evidence at a dig site would compliment the activity. This activity addresses each other area of the PE through the use of animations, reading passages and drag and drop screens. The series of reading passages and “checking for understanding” activities/quizzes accompany this activity.