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Mapping the Ring of Fire

A section of a map showing the different tectonic plates that create the Pacific Ring of Fire.
An excerpt of a map showing the different tectonic plates that create the Pacific Ring of Fire.
 
Overview: This activity is meant to help students orient themselves geographically to the regions addressed in the Sister Mountains Project. Students identify continents, bodies of water, countries and plate boundaries to become familiar with the Pacific Rim/Ring of Fire geography. As students work through other activities, they may want to refer back to their maps as a reminder.
Grade Level:
6 - 9
Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • Use resources to locate geographical information
  • Draw boundaries on a map
  • Identify important Pacific Rim countries, bodies of water, and tectonic structures
Lesson Plan:
Mapping the Ring of Fire - word, 45KB
Mapping the Ring of Fire - pdf, 172KB
Resources: Mapping the Ring of Fire Powerpoint
Mapping the Ring of Fire Student Handout
Mapping the Ring of Fire Student Worksheet

Did You Know?

Northwest face of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier as seen from Sunrise.

Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states at 35 square miles of snow and ice with Emmons Glacier being the largest by surface area with 4.3 square miles of ice. The Emmons is best viewed from Sunrise on the NE side of the mountain.