Continental Drift and Seafloor Spreading

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This resource provides a PPT introduction to both Wegener's theory of continental drift and Hess's seafloor spreading. PPT is 10 slides long, equipt with both background information, pictures, and animations. Two versions of notes included: One with blanks, and one with blanks filled in. Words are underlined in the PPT for students. Also included is a homework assignment on the Glomar Challenger. I like to give the students the homework ahead of time and make it due the day they take notes. This allows for students to do some of their own research ahead of time. These resources are appropriate for a 6th to 8th grade classroom. Please see the preview before purchase.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches). Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.


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