Students will enjoy this great hands-on, research based project to get students thinking about fossil records and how they help to show geologic changes over time.
Students will learn about the theory of Pangea and Continental Drift through a slide show presentation. The will collect evidence from the presentation and their own research using QR codes or urls. The students will then look at the fossil evidence and try to match up the ancient landmass pieces to see if they can form the supercontinent, Pangea.
Students will reflect on all of this in interactive notebook flaps and folds and response pages that get them to think about the pros and cons of Alfred Wegener’s theory of Continental Drift. Students will determine the flaw in his theory and be introduced to the idea of plate tectonics, subduction and seafloor spreading.
This resource has a lesson plan, slide show, hands-on activity, QR code research, response pages and interactive notebook flaps.
This resource aligns with:
MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions
Ask questions and analyze and interpret data about the patterns between plate tectonics and:
(1) The occurrence of earthquakes and volcanoes.
(2) Continental and ocean floor features.
(3) The distribution of rocks and fossils.
Standard 7.2.2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Examples of processes that occur at varying time scales could include slow plate motions or rapid landslides. Examples of processes that occur at varying spatial scales could include uplift of a mountain range or deposition of fine sediments.
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