Pangaea Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teach your students the concept of Pangaea with this lesson plan that includes a video lesson, discussion questions, two geography activities and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define Pangaea
  • identify each continent and discuss how separate continents were formed
  • create a supercontinent similar to Pangaea

Length

This lesson will take 60 minutes. The lesson extension is optional and may take an additional 30 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Materials

  • For each student, make an envelope that contains a cut out of each continent (they will be putting the individual pieces together as a puzzle)
  • Construction paper
  • Markers and crayons
  • Glue
  • Copy of lesson quiz, one for each student
  • If completing the Extension, you will need a picture of each continent to display to the class

Instructions

  • Begin this lesson with the following video What is Pangaea? - Theory & Definition and pose these discussion questions afterwards:
    • What is Pangaea?
    • What scientist proposed Pangaea?
    • How was Pangaea separated into the continents we know today?
    • After watching the video, do you believe Pangaea existed? Why or why not?

Activity

  • Distribute the prepared envelope to each student.
  • Tell students the scientist thought Pangaea existed because the continents seem to fit together like a puzzle.
  • Ask students to take out the pieces in the envelope and identify each continent. If you're presenting this lesson shortly after a lesson on world continents, then you may want to allow students to identify the continents from memory to activate prior knowledge. If this lesson is completely separate from a world continent lesson, you may want to list the continents on the board and allow students to simply identify each piece.
  • Once students have finished, allow them to color each continent as desired.
  • After the coloring activity, distribute the piece of construction paper to each student and tell students they are now going to create Pangaea by connecting all the continents together like a puzzle. Ask them to glue each piece on top of the construction paper.
  • Allow students to share their work.

Then group students and pose the following exit ticket:

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