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Grade and Content Area: 8th Grade – Earth and Space Science

Overview

Drift teaches the concept of continental drift by forcing players to examine fossil, rock, and plant clues to determine how the continents once fit together. Similar clues will be located on two different continents to suggest that the continents were once connected at that location. Examining the shape of the continents will confirm this. Players must then use convection currents to move the continents back to their original locations.

Lesson Plan

How it teaches: Drift teaches the concept of continental drift by forcing players to examine fossil, rock, and plant clues to determine how the continents once fit together. Similar clues will be located on two different continents to suggest that the continents were once connected at that location. Examining the shape of the continents will confirm this. Players must then use convection currents to move the continents back to their original locations.

What it teaches: This module teaches the idea of continental drift and that clues of continental drift have been left behind in continent shape, fossils, rocks, and plants. It also teaches the idea of convection currents and that they are the primary factor for plate movement.

When to use: This module should be used once the concept of convection currents has been introduced. It can be used as an introduction to the idea that evidence of continental drift exists in clues left behind in fossils, rocks, and plants.

Features: mutable sound effects, timed “must read” instructions, online high scores list

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Ohio Content Standards: 8th Grade Earth Systems

Benchmark E – Describe the processes that contribute to the continuous changing of Earth’s surface (e.g., earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, erosion, mountain building and lithospheric plate movements).

- Indicator 9 – Describe the interior structure of Earth and Earth’s crust as divided into tectonic plates riding on top of the slow moving currents of magma in the mantle.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0538588. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.