Earth's Crust 2 - Geysers, Plate Tectonics, and Volcanoes

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10500

Plate tectonics has nothing to do with dishes; it is what makes continents move, creating geysers, mountains, and volcanoes. Watch a Bill Nye show, take notes, and Blow Your Top! with fun experiments!


Earth Science

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


The surface of our planet is constantly changing. Let’s take a look.

This lesson is 2 of 3 about how the earth changes and how Earth's features are formed. Each Related Lesson found in the right-hand sidebar digs deeper into topics such as the earth's crust, layers of the earth, volcanoes, plate tectonics, and geysers. You can complete them individually, or as a set, to explore and understand the changing Earth.

There are internal and external forces that are constantly changing the earth. Internal forces cause changes that happen inside Earth. External forces cause changes that happen outside the earth. In this lesson, you will explore geysers, plate tectonics, and how volcanoes and mountains are formed.

Watch Earth's Crust Bill Nye the Science Guy 2/3. As you watch, pause the video to take notes using the Graphic Organizer – Notes, which can be found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Use the questions below as a guide to assist you in note taking.

  • What effect did the eruption of Mount St. Helen's have on the environment?
  • Where do volcanoes and geysers heat?
  • What is a geyser? Yellowstone National Park ( is home to approximately 60% of the world's geysers, with the most famous being Old Faithful (
  • How can you make your own geyser at home?
  • How does the water come out of the tube in a Simulated Geyser?
  • The Earth's crust is made up of what kind of plates?
  • Where are tectonic plates floating?
  • What do you notice about the continents of the Earth?
  • What does Pangaea mean?
  • Where are volcanoes located?
  • Where are mountains located?
  • What do scientists know about the tectonic plates today? What is happening each year?
  • How do scientists do studies of what is underneath the Earth's crust? Watch Plate Tectonics to learn more.

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