Pangaea Teacher Resources
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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.
Sixth graders follow in the footsteps of early scientists as they put the pieces of Pangaea back together and discovered the forces that create the variety of landforms and sea-floor features of our Earth.
Students i examine 10 pieces of evidence for the Pangaea theory and use them to reconstruct the super continent. They determine that land masses on Earth are slowly changing shape as a result of moving for millions of years.
The images and diagrams included in this presentation really support the lecture well. Viewers should find the explanations of evidence for continent plate separation over time to be very clear. This superb lesson stands on its own but would support any Pangaea topic.
In this earthquake exploration instructional activity, students complete 2 prior knowledge questions, then use "Building Pangaea Gizmo" to conduct several activities, completing short answer questions when finished.
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 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.
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.
High schoolers are introduced to and experiment with the basic concepts of plate tectonic theory as well as assess the history of the theory of plate tectonics. They explain and illustrate the basic concepts through diagrams and models of Pangaea.
Students create models of the Earth's tectonic plates to show how the crust has moved apart from the ancient super-continent of Pangaea. They also make a model of ocean floor spreading to relate the newly formed crust to the plate movements.
In this Pangaea and Rodinia worksheet, students complete 16 sentences about Wegener's theory of continental drift, the meaning of Pangaea, and why people rejected the theory of continental drift.
Eleventh graders analyze and interpret an animated model of Earth’s rifting processes. In this Earth Science lesson, 11th graders connect Earth’s rifting processes with the Earth’s surface in the Gettysburg battlefield. Students apply the heat engine model of the Earth to the continental rifting that occurred in the Gettysburg area millions of years ago.
Eighth graders explore with Microsoft Paint to reconstruct the continent known as Pangaea. They highlight and outline the various "modern-day" continents. They complete exit slips to synthesize the information, skills, and processes they used during the instructional activity.
Students examine a world map and read a news article about the discovery of a giant frog fossil. In this earth science and current event instructional activity, the teacher introduces an article with a discussion about continental drift and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a discussion about Pangaea. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
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.
In this tectonic plate worksheet, students learn about the movement of the plates that make up the earth's crust. They read about the Theory of Pangaea, lithosphere, divergence, convergence, and plate transformation. Students then answer 10 questions using the information they just learned. The answers are on the last page.
Learners examine the topic of evolution as it relates to biodiversity in various remote areas of the world. They watch videos, conduct Internet research, and in small groups create a digital video report to illustrate common evolution in their own world.
Navigate through a multimedia site to identify key information on plate tectonics, scavenger hunt style. Learners research to identify the different layers of the earth and better understand plate tectonics.
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.
Young scholars analyze the theory of plate tectonics and create a project which demonstrates the idea of mobile continents.