Moving Continents

A Treasure Hunt for 6th Grade Science Students

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Your mission is to locate information on the internet to answer the following questions. Go to the web site listed for each question to find the answers. Be sure to read carefully!


1. Draw a sketch showing the four main layers of the earth’s interior (or copy and paste a diagram showing this into a word processed document.)


2. List the four main layers of the earth’s interior with their temperatures.


3. How do we know about the interior of the earth?


4. Who was Alfred Wegener and what was his contribution to plate tectonics theory?


5. What evidence did Wegener use to support his theory about Pangaea?


6. List six of the largest plates of the world.


7. List the three main types of plate boundaries and give and example of places around the world for each.

8. Give a definition of each of the three types of plate boundaries.


9. Find a diagram of each of the three types of plate boundaries


10. What technological advances helped scientists develop the theory of plate tectonics?


11. List three types of natural disasters related to plate tectonics.




1. What causes earthquakes?


2. How is earthquake size measured and who developed this system?


3. List four ways to prevent earthquake destruction.


4. What are two things you should do during an earthquake? List two things you should not do during an earthquake.




5. Can people cause earthquakes? Explain why or why not.


6. List three areas where earthquakes are most likely to occur. Give three examples of large earthquakes (location, date, magnitude of quake).





1. What is a volcano?


2. What causes volcanoes?


3. What are four types of volcanoes? List an example of each.


4. What is a hotspot? Give an example of one.


5. List two areas of the world where many volcanoes are found.

6. What is the Ring of Fire? Find a map illustrating this area and copy it into a word-processed document.

7. Define these three words and give a real-world example of each.



Hot Spring


8. List four major volcanoes and their locations.


9. List three tools used to predict volcanoes.



1. What is a tsunami?


2. List four things that cause tsunamis. What is the most common cause of tsunamis?


3. When and where was the largest tsunami ever recorded?


4. How fast can tsunami waves move?




5. In 1946 a deadly tsunami struck. Where did this happen and how many people died?


6. Which ocean is most likely to have tsunamis?


7. What happens to tsunamis as they approach shallow water?


Mountain Formation


1. Mountains can be formed in different ways. List four types of mountains.

2. How are folded mountains formed?


3. List three examples of folded mountain ranges and give their locations.


4. Define anticline and syncline.


5. Locate a photo showing folds in an actual mountain range. Copy the photo into your word-processed document.


6. How are fault-block mountains created?


7. Give an example of Fault-block Mountains.


8. Horsts and grabens are fault-blocks on the earth’s crust that have been raised or lowered. Describe how they are different from each other. Give an example of each.