NO-PREP lesson with stations activity! 20-slide PPT, 2 exit tickets, student sheets for stations activity, teacher answer key, an embedded video clip, and check for understanding questions!
Students learn about Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift and the evidence he used to substantiate this theory (geographic jigsaw puzzle and the fossil record).
To help students visualize how the fossil record played a role in continental drift I created a stations activity. There are 7 stations, each one representing a continent. Students rotate through and read the information and answer the questions on their student sheets. Each station includes examples of fossils that were found there. Once students have rotated through all seven stations, they return back to their seats and answer questions on the second sheet (included in the preview). This sheet has symbols for each fossil that they must place on the appropriate continents followed by an extension question tying everything back to continental drift! I have found that this really helps them understand the importance of fossils!
I have also included a blank Pangaea map and one filled in with present day countries. I have students outline the USA on the blank one as well as Texas and a star for Dallas. You could tweak this to work for where your students live!
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