Learn about the super continent Pangaea, the Bering Sea land bridge, and how people may have first come to the Americas. Your child will learn about artifacts and archeology, put together a super continent, demonstrate the breakup of the super continent, and experiment with tectonic plates. Interactive activities are included to reinforce the concepts. This unit is designed to last about one week, depending on how often you teach history.
|Pangaea Theory||(no rating)|
This article describes Pangaea and discusses the theory that Pangaea was broken into continents by the movement of the earth's plates over a long period of time.
|First Nations||(no rating)|
It is thought that ancestors of the First Nations and Inuit migrated to North America across the Bering Strait on a land bridge.
|When Did the Land Bridge Exist||(no rating)|
New evidence has emerged that the land bridge was in existence earlier than researchers had thought.
|Other Migration Theories||(no rating)|
New evidence is suggesting that the first Americans may not have crossed a land bridge, but come to the Americas by other means.
|Where Did the People Come From||(no rating)|
If people didn't cross the land bridge, where did they come from?
|Evidence that Supports the Pangaea Theory||(no rating)|
This article reasons that because coastlines appear to fit together and a like distribution of fossils, rocks, and coal can be found on adjacent continents, Pangaea probably existed.
|A Catastrophic Breakup|
This article proposes the theory that the continents broke up due to a worldwide flood.
|Tectonic Plate Theory||(no rating)|
Some scientists believe that the movement of the earth's plates over a long time created the continents.
|Archeology and the Past||(no rating)|
A lot of what we know about Pangaea and the land bridge come from archeological discoveries. Your child will learn the importance of archeology in this activity.
|Super Continent||(no rating)|
Your child will fit the continents together to make a super continent.
|Breakup of the Super Continent||(no rating)|
Read some of the articles in the reference section, and then have your child write and illustrate a story about the breakup of Pangaea.
|Movement of the Tectonic Plates|
Your child will recreate the movement of the tectonic plates.
|Super Continent Puzzle||(no rating)|
In this interactive, your child will label the continents and see how they might have fit together at one time.
|Continental Divide||(no rating)|
In this interactive, learn more about the continental divide and see possible ways the continents might have divided.
|Deconstructing Pangaea||(no rating)|
This interactive presents several models of Pangaea.
|The History of Pangaea||(no rating)|
This video discusses the plate tectonic theory of continental division.
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