The Continental Puzzle

Grade 6 / Science / Continental Drift

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6-12


6th-8th Grade


Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

a. Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

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Lesson Objective
Reconstruct Pangea based on fossil evidence working in a group
5 min
Questions to Consider
How does the hands-on task and configuration in groups contribute to students' engagement?
Notice how Ms. Garcia circulates to each group and asks questions to push their thinking.
How are collecting scientific evidence and writing integrated?
Support Materials Below
Lesson Plan and Puzzle from USGS and much more

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  • 6th Grade Science Sample Sequence and Scope

  • Ms. Garcia's Lesson Plan

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