Continental Drift Teacher Resources
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Playdough has reached a new level. This clay-motion video demonstrates continental drift, faults, volcanoes, and mountain formation. If you don't show this clip perhaps you could employ the concept and have your class make an amazing video like this one. It's a great way to put theory into practice.
In this plate tectonics worksheet, students answer questions about plate tectonics including topics such as the lithosphere, the asthenosphere, rising and sinking convection currents, continental drift and the types of boundaries.
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, through teacher-led demonstration, explore the idea of continental drift. They complete a worksheet involving the calculation of continental drift over time.
Eighth graders discuss in class what the Continental drift theory is all about. In this earth science lesson, 8th graders reconstruct the supercontinent Pangea by tracing a map outline.
Eighth graders study Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift. In this Earth Science lesson plan, 8th graders will watch a PowerPoint and fill in answers to questions on their computers using the Inspiration program over Wegener and continental drift.
In this continental drift and fossils worksheet, students complete a puzzle of the continents and they answer questions about fossils, the layers of the earth's crust, Wegener's continental drift theory and the major plates.
In this continental drift worksheet, 7th graders answer 7 questions about Wegener's theory of continental drift. They use a diagram of the Earth's continents that show plate tectonics.
In this earthquake and continental drift worksheet, students answer five questions about continental drift, seismic waves and earthquake safety.
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.
Clever! The amazing animation for this video on continental drift is made up of the pages of a sophisticated pop-up book, The Moving Earth. As the pages turn, your earth scientists will discover the tectonic plates of the lithosphere and the molten material of the asthenosphere. They will find out how supercontinent Pangaea became the arrangement of continents we know today. Continental and oceanic crusts are differentiated, and the three types of plate boundaries are described. Perfect for middle schoolers, the resource can be used to address Next Generation Science Standards.
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.
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A great reference to include in the classroom and on your class website, the presentation covers the following topics: Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift, Pangea, layers of the earth and their properties, convection, plate tectonics, oceanic and continental crust, plate boundaries and interactions, and hot spots.
Students study Pangea and answer questions. In this continental drift lesson plan students divide into groups and report on what their group discovered during their activity.
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.
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.
In this Pangaea and Rodinia instructional activity, students complete 16 sentences about Wegener's theory of continental drift, the meaning of Pangaea, and why people rejected the theory of continental drift.
For this plate tectonics worksheet, students complete a sheet of notes about the layer's of the Earth, plate tectonics, continental drift and sea floor spreading.
Students watch a video about plate tectonics. in this Earth Science lesson, students watch a video clip from Bill Nye about Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics. They make a slight crack in a hard boiled egg and manipulate the egg to show divergent, convergent, and transform plate boundaries.
Students reinforce their knowledge of plate tectonics from what they have already learned on the subject. In this science lesson, students watch a small clip from the movie "Ice Age" which engages the students to participate throughout the lesson. Students also participate in an experiment which shows continental drift and convection currents.