1. Topic-
Earth's Moving Plates
Time: 4-5 days
Pacing: 30-40 minutes a day
2. Content-
continental drift- Wegener's theory states that the continents move or drift.
Pangaea- Included all the land masses on Earth.
mid-ocean ridge
ocean trench
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
6 ES 1.a. Students know evidence of plate tectonics is derived from the fit of continents; the location of earthquakes, volcanoes, and midocean ridges; and the distributions of fossils, rock type, and ancient climatic zones.
4. Objectives-
1.Explain the theory of continental drift and the evidence that supports it.
2.Identify geologic events that occur at plate boundaries.
5. Materials and Aids-
California Earth Science Teacher Edition Macmillian/McGraw-Hill pgs. 268-280B
Student Edition California Earth Science 270-277
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

No more than 10 min
1.Recap Science Activity that was done on the 4th.
Class Remember the Continent Puzzle we did on Friday? What where some HYPOTHESIS you came up with on the Continents? Did they all fit together? Perfectly? Why do you think they split? Well today we are going to read about what kind of forces could have shaped the Earth.

B. Development-

Procedure: Time 20-30 minutes
I am going to have students take turns reading aloud paragraph at a time. After a paragraph two I will ask students "Who was Alfred Wegener?"(A German scientist who proposed a theory to explain changes in Earth's surface over long time periods), "What does Continental Drift mean?"(Wegener proposed a hypothesis that the idea that a past supercontinent split apart into pieces, which drifted over time to t their present locations.)
After paragraph three I will ask, "How do these events compare to the steps of forming and testing a hypotheses and drawing conclusions?"(Wegener formed a hypotheses and drew conclusions. His hypotheses was tested and proved in the 1960's when geologists made new discoveries.)"What does Pangaea mean?" (Greek word which means "all land") Why was Pangaea a good name for the Supercontinent.(Pangaea included all the landmasses on Earth.)After paragraph 4 I will ask the students,"What is a geologist?"(A scientist who studies Earth's origin, history, structure, composition, and processes.

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