Pangea Puzzle Activity

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Puzzle Pieces: Landmasses in their current position (not to scale)

Essential Questions:

  • How has the surface of our planet changed over time?
  • What clues are provided to show that the surface of our planet has changed?
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Pangea: Image Source NYTimes

Materials (per 2-3 students): I make these ahead of time to save time in class and I can reuse them for each class.

  • Foam Board
  • Glue stick
  • Disposable scalpel or sharp craft knife
  • USGS landmasses (Pangaea activity PDF)
  • Blue construction paper
  • Ziptop bag

Procedures:

Preparation

  1. Print out and glue landmasses to a piece of foam board
  2. Carefully cut out each land mass and fossil key
  3. Place into zip-top bag
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Glue landmasses onto foam board then cut out pieces

Class Activity

  1. Have students place the landmasses into their current geographic positions on top of the blue construction paper.
  2. What do they notice about the landmasses? Discuss.
  3. Ask students: “Do you think you can make one large landmass using the clues provided?”
  4. After a few minutes, check on their progress, what did they do first? What was giving them difficultly? Encourage students to try alternate possibilities.
  5. Discuss findings, what possibilities did they come up with?
  6. Ask students how the landmasses moved to their current position- accept all possibilities.
  7. Ask students: “Are the landmasses are still moving?”
  8. Show “Animated Life: Pangea” by the NYTimes
  9. Have students try to create Pangea again.
  10. Discuss.

The Pangaea Pop-Up video is a great video to show also:

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4 thoughts on “Pangea Puzzle Activity

  1. Katie Homeschooling in PA August 19, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Lovely activity Miss Liz! Thanks for sharing

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lauren Pfenning June 20, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    When I try to open a Read-Only activity
    it says I need a password? I signed up to receive your blog posts, but I’m not sure about a Password? Thanks…love your work.

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    • Liz LaRosa June 20, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Lauren, you can download and open any of the read only ppts without the password, they just can’t be edited. I put passwords in to stop edits being made and then posted to other websites, like Teachers Pay Teachers. Glad you enjoy the site! ~ Liz

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