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    In this activity, students turn a map of the Earth into puzzle pieces to investigate tectonic plates.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate how the tectonic plates covering the Earth fit together like puzzle pieces
    • locate New Zealand on their puzzle
    • offer a simple explanation about the relationship between tectonic plates and why New Zealand has so many earthquakes and volcanoes.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension idea
    • student handout.
      Published 18 August 2014 Referencing Hub articles