Teachers' Domain, Continental Drift: What's the Big Idea?, published December 13, 2010, retrieved on ,
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In this media-rich lesson designed to enhance literacy skills, students learn how the theory that explains the position of Earth's continents was established and later modified, and gain important insights into how science and the scientific community operate.
This is a student-directed lesson. Students will complete the lesson online, then print a summary of their notes and interactive activity results. Students can use this printout for reference when completing the final writing assignment offline.
Download and print the Continental Drift—Teacher's Guide (PDF) for essential background information and suggestions for ways to support the lesson.
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