MS-ESS2-3 Continental Drift Theory Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS2-3 Continental Drift Theory Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS2-3. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Continental Drift Theory Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Use the Continental Drift Theory to describe how tectonic plates have moved over hundreds of millions of years.
2. Analyze and interpret evidence that supports the Continental Drift Theory.
3. Infer how the continents were positioned in the past and how they might be positioned in the future.

Science Skills Station
Students will analyze and interpret data that supports the Continental Drift Theory. Students will consider the shape of the continents and landforms and the distribution of fossils and rocks on distant continents. From this data, students will infer how the continents were positioned to form the supercontinent, Pangaea.

Narrative Station
Students will read about the Continental Drift Theory and evidence that supports the theory. Students will also watch a video about sea floor spreading and how its discovery was important to the Continental Drift Theory. If time allows, students will also watch a video about how the motion of tectonic plates impacts living things and climate on Earth.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the Continental Drift Theory and evidence for tectonic plate motion. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will use problem-solving skills to determine how the continents of a newly discovered planet may have been positioned millions of years ago. Students will analyze data obtained from the continents to help determine how they were arranged as one supercontinent.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
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Glue sticks (at least 4 glue sticks)
Computer or tablet

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