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Pangaea Project Ideas

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

It's hard to believe the continents move, but this series of fun, hands-on team projects gives students a glimpse of what the earth looked like over 200 million years ago, while allowing them to learn about continental drift.

Learning About Pangaea

Learning about Pangaea allows students to see that the earth is constantly changing. This series of projects allows students to work as teams while learning about plate tectonics, geology and fossils. These actives can be used independently or in unison with textbook lessons about earth science.

Pangaea Puzzle

Grade Level: K-6

Materials:

  • Puzzle pieces for each group (pre-made Pangaea template puzzle pieces can be found with the Internet search 'Pangaea puzzle' and then cutout the pieces prior to class)
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Picture of Pangaea

Teacher Background/Directions:

Have students work in pairs or teams to make one large continent out of the puzzle pieces. Once the team feels like they have figured it out, have them glue the pieces to the construction paper. Once every team has completed the project, show them an image of Pangaea and see which group came the closest. This can be done as a class activity for younger students.

Options for older students:

  • Try to label the individual continents
  • Cut out multiple puzzles and have students make a book out of printer paper showing Pangaea, Laurasia/Gondwanaland, etc. with the corresponding time period on each page.

Graham Cracker Continents

Grade Level: K-12

Materials:

  • Graham crackers (a few for each group)
  • Rice crispy treat (one for each group)
  • Wax paper (approximately 1 ft x 1 ft for each group)
  • Frosting
  • Science journal (older students)
  • Video animations of different boundaries

Teacher Background/Directions:

Learning about Pangaea requires students are familiar with continental drift. This activity can be modified to fit any grade level. Older students should be introduced to vocabulary terms and the type of boundaries being depicted. They also should write observations and draw images in their science journal after each graham cracker activity.

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