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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.
The Great Continental Drift Mystery
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.
Alfred Wegener's Continental Drift Hypothesis
Students study Pangea and answer questions. In this continental drift lesson students divide into groups and report on what their group discovered during their activity.
Plate Tectonics Study Guide
In this plate tectonics instructional activity, 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.
Alfred Wegener: Father of Pangea
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.
Learners, through teacher-led demonstration, explore the idea of continental drift. They complete a worksheet involving the calculation of continental drift over time.
Ecology And the Conservation of Natural Resources
Students study Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift and how the continents were connected in one large land mass called Pangaea. They examine plate tectonics and the theory that the earth's surface is composed of large moving plates.
The Ocean Floor
Fifth graders discuss the process of sedimentation and the continental drift theory. They locate major structures on the ocean floor and they identify life forms at each level of the ocean.
Bellwork for Week 8-Continental Drift and Fossils
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.
Continental Drift Lab-Wegener's Evidence
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.
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.
Bellwork for Week 9-Earthquakes and Continental Drift
In this earthquake and continental drift instructional activity, students answer five questions about continental drift, seismic waves and earthquake safety.
New! The Pangaea Pop-up
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.
Alfred Wegener: Father of Pangea
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.
Students piece together the continents based on shape and fossil evidence. In this plate tectonics lesson, 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.
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.
Earthquakes And Fault Lines
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.
All About Continental Drift
In this earth science instructional activity, students identify and locate vocabulary terms related to continental drift and geography. There are 54 words located in the puzzle.
Inside the Solid Earth
High schoolers examine how rocks form and the movement of rocks that form landforms. In this investigative lesson students complete several activities and take a test.