Oreo cookie activity for representing the movement of tectonic plates

Oreo cookie activity for representing the movement of tectonic plates
Publication Date: March, 2011
Type of Resource: Practical activity/investigation

This online resource links to an activity sheet that provides step-by-step instruction for demonstrating the type of boundary movements between tectonic plates using oreo biscuits. 

This demonstration is always popular with students. It illustrates convergent, divergent and transforming boundaries.

A series of questions check the students' understanding at the end.

Completing the activity in an ordinary classroom or school cafe/canteen is recommended.

This activity should take 20 minutes. 

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 9 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity... > ACSSU180