This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
"STANDARD 7 - The Earth
The competent science teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes. Knowledge Indicators - The competent science teacher:
7A. understands the structure and composition of the Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems.
7C. understands the scope of geologic time and the continuing physical changes of the Earth through time.
7E. analyzes and explains large scale dynamic forces, events, and processes that affect the Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems."
First lesson in the unit on "Plate Tectonics" that compliments the PowerPoint program. Students may follow the PowerPoint lesson by using this worksheet. The lesson introduces the concepts of continental drift theory as part of the larger theory of plate tectonics.
A class activity (suggested) is included at the end of the lesson (key or original outline is included).
PowerPoint lessons contain many graphics and two links to short videos to further student understanding.
* All PowerPoint lessons; ActivInspire programs; student note sheets/activities and assessments for this unit can be found under the "Earth/Space Complete Unit VIII Plate Tectonics" zip file folder.
Terms/concepts in this lesson include:
Continental Drift Theory
continental drift theory rejection
Earth/Space Student PPT Note Guide Lesson I "Continental Drift"
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