A delicious lab for Team Albany

Sixth-grade students in Danielle Dillon’s science classes used some yummy ingredients for their plate boundary lab recently – specifically graham crackers, fruit roll-ups and icing.

Two middle school girls sitting at desks writing and putting together their crackers, icing for the lab.

They were learning about tectonic plates – convergent, divergent and strike slip plate boundaries. The graham crackers represented the continental crust, the fruit roll-ups represented the oceanic crust and the icing represented the asthenosphere, which is the zone of the earth’s mantle beneath the lithosphere and believed to be much hotter and more fluid than the lithosphere. The students were able to use these to see the effects of the different boundaries.

Two boys  - one in a red hoodie standingand placing items on the paper, and one sitting watching.