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Continental Drift Teacher Resources
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Students stud the concept of Pangaea by using Wegener's clues to construct a map of the continents joined together. They determine how fossil distribution can be used to enhance the study of continental drift. They locate the following and mark them on a world outline map; Urals, Alps, Iceland, San Andreas fault, Andes mountains, volcanoes in Italy.
Eighth graders explore the story of Alfred Wegener and the Continental Drift. They view a PowerPoint presentation and complete a hypothesis proof template. They use an Inspiration template to complete the facts that support the hypothesis. They write an conclusion based on the evidence presented by Wegener.
Students read an online article about an earthquake and follow up with a series of discussion questions about earthquakes. They answer questions in their science journals about continental drift, plate tetonics, and their influence on earthquakes. They draw diagrams and label the layers of earth in their notebooks.
Students piece together the continents based on shape and fossil evidence. In this plate tectonics instructional activity, students explore the concept of Pangaea by putting continents together based on their shape and fossil evidence. They discuss continental drift theory and answer questions.
A colorful wedge of Earth, map of tectonic plates, and numbered facts about Earth structure fill the first two pages of this resource. After reading and absorbing the information, geologists get into groups and make clay models to demonstrate faulting and folding of Earth's crust. A second activity is also included in which individuals research Pangaea, Laurasia, and Gondwana. Plenty of background information and a grading rubric are included to support you with these assignments.
Be sure to come prepared to discuss the theory of Pangaea and the two super-continents, Laurasia and Gondwanaland. Collaborative learners look for fossil evidence that supports the theory that one super-continent divided into two. They map the locations of four different fossils and cut out the continent shapes in order to piece them together as Gondwanaland.
Students discuss major causes of earthquakes and identify famous fault lines, access and map information about ten largest earthquakes in world from 1989 to 1998, and theorize about location of these earthquakes as they relate to Earth's tectonic plates. Students then track current quakes online for one week, and create multimedia presentation describing how and why earthquakes occur.
There is one page of teacher preparation and notes on this PowerPoint. The remaining 27 slides are designed to reinforce student knowledge of plate tectonics. The last slide has 10 questions that can be posed to the class. This is a fabulous PowerPoint with all of the details needed to review a complete unit. Some great images and diagrams are included to illustrate examples or to show names and detailed facts.
Third graders will research the Ring of Fire and be able to share their findings with their partner. They will also demonstrate volcanic eruptions using a baking soda and vinegar volcano model. Then they will discover how continental drifting takes place. Inquiry based activities are included.