Create a replica of Pangaea.
Following a unit on plate tectonics and continental shift, instruct students to research the formation of Pangaea to recreate the supercontinent. Consider fossil records and studies of the continental shelf when examining the formation of Pangaea. Bring attention to how the continents once existed and eventually shifted over time to form ridges and mountain ranges. Examine the effect of seismic, volcanic and geothermal activity along plate boundaries. Challenge students to consider the cultural implications of being connected as one world. Realize that as continents drifted apart, societies evolved and various cultures emerged over time. In the end, we are all connected as members of one world.
Research the formation of Pangaea and assemble continents to demonstrate how the world was once connected.
Supplies Used: Construction Paper (Assorted Colors), Double-Sided Tape, Glue, Pencil, Poster Board, Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
Science: Earth and Space Science
As a result of the activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of:
As a result of the activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of:
Social Studies: People, Places and Environments
Pre-K-12: Standard 3
National Council for the Social Studies, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Washington, D.C.: NCSS, 1994). This book may be purchased by calling 800-683-0812. Electronic copies of it are not available.
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