Pangea

Objectives:

  • To discover how the dinosaurs were found on different continents.
  • To discover what Pangaea is.
  • To discover continental drift is.

Procedure:

  • Show overhead of fossil sites and discuss.
  • Explain that continents fit together like puzzle to form one land mass called Pangaea.
  • Break class into cooperative groups to do continental drift experiment.
  • Each group gets worksheets, pan of water, and circle cut to four equal pieces (representing the continents).
  • Have students carefully place the 4 “continent” pieces on TOP of the water (they cannot be submerged or the experiment will not work).
  • Go around and place a drop of dish liquid in the center of the pieces (they should “drift” apart).
  • Have students write down conclusions on worksheets and share to summarize.

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