Continental Drift: Plate Tectonics for Middle School Lesson 1

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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  1. Students will enjoy this bundle of hybrid lesson activities that allow them to learn both in a face to face and online format. Teachers will find a wealth of resources that will allow them to customize each activity to their classroom. All lessons are recorded, so you can do live discussion or fli
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Keep your students engaged with this NO PREP lesson activity. Begin with a YouTube video link showing earthquake destruction. Students will discuss why these events are so deadly. From there you will look at Alfred Wegener and how he supported his idea of continental drift (a forerunner to plate tectonics). Students will read, color and organize lesson concepts. Use the short nonfiction reading passages to help students learn while they work. A recorded lesson presentation link is included for students who miss. If you would rather "flip the lesson" the video links make this easy. A Pangaea Google Sort is included to help students experience what it was like to develop Wegener's theory. These activities will supplement any lesson or style of teaching. They can also be used as standalone reinforcement, homework or IEP accommodation (providing guided notes or 1 to 1 recording as a support). Each activity is focused on specific content objective associated with continental drift. Note: This product was tested and created for a mainstreamed middle school class that meets 5 days a week for forty minutes. If you complete all activities back to back it will take one class period. If you are interested in the reinforcement portions of the lessons, they can be found at the links below.

Plate Tectonics Lesson 2: Seafloor Spreading

Google Sorts are also include in my Plate Tectonics for Google Apps

Scribble Notes are found in Plate Tectonics Cut, Color and Organize

Topics Covered

· Alfred Wegener and Pangaea

· Continental Drift

· Glossopteris

· Mesosaurus

· Cynognathus

· Peer Review

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Lesson Activities link via Google Drive

Recorded Lesson Presentation Link

Non-Fiction Reading and Coloring

Lesson Plans and Keys

Google Interactive Activities

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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.


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