Pangea (Pangaea) and FOSSILS: Come Explore and Answer HOW WE KNOW!

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Kids know about Pangaea but do they know WHY WE THINK PANGAEA ONCE EXISTED? Probably not! Everyone knows about the puzzle fit but is that really enough scientific evidence? No way. In this activity, come explore the relationship between Pangaea and index fossils.

This activity is a portion of the larger fossil tutorial/matching/identification LAB posted on TPT.

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Students begin with a tutorial on fossil terminology (definitions and images): cast fossils, mold fossils, replaced remains fossils, living fossils, original remains fossils, trace fossils, and sedimentary rocks (sandstone, shale, and limestone).

Students then practice correlating between rock layers and index fossils while becoming familiar with some of the most common and notable fossils themselves.

To conclude, students have 3 activities investigating Pangaea and its correlation to index fossils (ex. mesosaurus, lystrosaurus, glossopteris, and cynogynathus).

This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.

Also, perfect for homeschooling!

This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.

A guaranteed hit all around!

A great addition to your geologic teaching library.

Cut and paste or laminate and Velcro for special education or individualized needs application.

Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 3rd – 9th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.

This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.

Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.

Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.

Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.

Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.

Answer key provided.

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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*

Sincerely,

Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”

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Pangea (Pangaea) and FOSSILS:  Come Explore and Answer HOW
Pangea (Pangaea) and FOSSILS:  Come Explore and Answer HOW
Pangea (Pangaea) and FOSSILS:  Come Explore and Answer HOW
Pangea (Pangaea) and FOSSILS:  Come Explore and Answer HOW