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This is a simple lesson, with a powerful understanding of Alfred Wegener's idea of continental drift. I use this activity for an engage activity when starting plate tectonics. Print out the hand drawn "puzzle" and ask students to put it together how they think it goes. The puzzle closely resembles a map, but tell student it is a puzzle. I like to offer students a prize if they get it correct. Most students will put it together in the octagon shape, with all similar features touching. When all groups are finished, I give a few groups to share why they think that is the solution along with some follow up questions about their thought process. Normally I have students write a few sentences about the puzzle, but that is up to you. Then I show students the real answer (puzzle pieces spread apart on blue paper). It blows their minds. Then I have students reflect (normally by writing) on how their solution is different and why this is the real answer.
Then I tell them it might make more since after we talk about Alferd Wegener, starting a continental drift time line(not included).
This is a fun activity that can only take a few minutes or up to 25.
It is a great way to get students to engage in the topic.