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