Culminating Activity with all the player - rocks, fossils, mountains, sea floor, pangaea -
23 speaking parts, Several "All" roles throughout.
Lots of fun - not too corny.
My 6th Graders Love to end their units this way!
MS-ESS2-3. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. [Clarification Statement: 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).] [Assessment Boundary: Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.]
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyzing data in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to extending quantitative analysis to investigations, distinguishing between correlation and causation, and basic statistical techniques of data and error analysis.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for phenomena. (MS-ESS2-3)
ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
Tectonic processes continually generate new ocean sea floor at ridges and destroy old sea floor at trenches. (HS.ESS1.C GBE) (secondary to MS-ESS2-3)
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
Maps of ancient land and water patterns, based on investigations of rocks and fossils, make clear how Earth’s plates have moved great distances, collided, and spread apart. (MS-ESS2-3)
Patterns in rates of change and other numerical relationships can provide information about natural systems. (MS-ESS2-3)
Cause and Effect
Continental Drift Reader’s Theater
Pangaea 1 Pangaea 2 Pangaea 3 Pangaea 4
Australia Antarctica South America Africa
North America Eurasia Sea Floor 1 Sea Floor 2
Fern Fossil Mesosaurus Lystrosaurus Caledonian Mountains Right Side
Caledonian Mountains Left Side Mid Atlantic Ridge Left Side
Mid Atlantic Ridge Right Side Teacher Student 1
Student 2 Student 3
Teacher: Okay class let’s get ready for some guided listening. Now close your eyes and imagine…
Student 1: I love it when we do this! I feel like I’m taking a trip!
Student 2: Okay, but I’m not closing my eyes.
Student 3: Ssshhh. I can’t hear!
(Continents all holding hands and close together)
Pangaea 1: Over 250 million years ago during the Permian Period my sisters and I lived as one, we shared everything.
North America: Oh, Africa! I see you need more fern. Here have some of mine.
Africa: You are so kind. Here let me share with Antarctica.
Antarctica: I cannot be so greedy. Here Australia, have some beautiful ferns.
Fern: The wind could blow and the birds would visit and my seeds could travel to every corner of the continents.
All: Ah those were the days!
Student 1: It sounds so peaceful.
Student 2: It won’t last. It never does!