Patterns in the Hawaiian Islands

The lesson begins with information about the age, size and location of each of the islands found in the Hawaiian archipelago. Using data provided, the students construct a bar graph showing the relationship of each island’s size and age relative to its location in the chain. This information will assist the class in preparing a wall map of the Hawaiian Island chain. The students will work individually, or with a partner, to design, cutout, and label the island assigned to them. As a class, using latitude and longitude, each of the islands will be placed in its correct geographic location on the wall map.

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absolute location, archipelago, atoll, fringing reefs, guyot, hotspot, high islands, low islands, lines of latitude, lines of longitude, plate tectonics, relative location