Ch 78: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Forces that Change the Earth's Surface

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In this chapter, you can learn more about the forces that change the earth's surface. Watch short videos and take lesson quizzes to refresh your knowledge as you study for the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Forces that Change the Earth's Surface - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive overview can prepare you to answer questions related to the forces that change the earth's surface on the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment. Explore the video lessons to make sure you're ready for:

  • Explaining the unified theory for how the earth's surface changes
  • Identifying the causes of tectonic plate movement
  • Discussing the three types of plate boundaries and how they're formed
  • Examining the internal and external forces that shape the earth's surface
  • Defining and identifying types and processes of glaciers
  • Analyzing the effects of ground and surface water on landscapes
  • Detailing the effect wind action has on the desert landscape

The instructors in the lessons are highly skilled at presenting pertinent test information in a fun and engaging visual package. After watching the lessons, if you need additional information about topics covered, submit your questions to experts who are ready to help.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Forces that Change the Earth's Surface Objectives

This chapter explores topics covered in the earth and space science subarea of the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment. This subarea constitutes about 8% of the total test and is found in the multiple-choice section. Succeeding in this portion of the exam increases your chances of earning a minimum passing score of 240. If you pass, you can secure the licensure needed to teach math and science to middle school students in Massachusetts.

In addition to watching the video lessons in this chapter, you can access lesson transcripts with easily identifiable vocabulary words to boost your knowledge of the forces that change the earth's surface. Lesson quizzes and a chapter exam are available to assess your comprehension of the subject area.

7 Lessons in Chapter 78: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Forces that Change the Earth's Surface
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Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

1. Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

After many years of trying to solve the mystery of the moving continents, enough data and evidence was collected to develop a unifying theory of how the surface of the earth changes. It's called plate tectonics.

Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

2. Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

In this lesson, we explore the causes of plate movement, including thermal convection, ridge push and slab pull. Students will learn how these processes complement each other and form a theory for tectonic plate movement.

Plate Boundaries: Convergent, Divergent, and Transform Boundaries

3. Plate Boundaries: Convergent, Divergent, and Transform Boundaries

In the theory of plate tectonics, the earth's crust is broken into plates that move around relative to each other. As a result of this movement, three types of plate boundaries are formed: divergent, convergent, and transform boundaries.

The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

4. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.

What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes

5. What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes

Learn about the two major types of glaciers: continental and alpine glaciers. These glaciers shape the landscape around them and affect our everyday lives, even if the nearest glacier is thousands of miles away.

Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

6. Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

In this lesson, you will learn how groundwater and surface water form features on Earth and cause changes in landscapes. You will also learn about the different types of features formed by each type of water.

Wind Action & Effects on the Desert Landscape

7. Wind Action & Effects on the Desert Landscape

Wind is a powerful force that has the ability to shape a landscape. In deserts, wind action changes the landscape through wind erosion in the form of abrasion and deflation.

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