Discovering Plate Boundaries - a Suggested Modification
The "Discovering Plate Boundaries" exercise: http://plateboundary.rice.edu/home.html, developed by Dale Sawyer at Rice University, requires students to examine global maps and observe, describe, and classify data. No prior knowledge of plate tectonics, geography, or Earth science is required for students. This activity has been popular in middle school, high school, and university classrooms, at the beginning or the end of a tectonics unit. The website contains a Teachers Guide and the ability to download all maps necessary to carry out the exercise.
See the attached file for how I have adapted the exercise for my sixth-grade classroom.