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Lesson Plan – Wegener’s Theory of Continental Drift.
Lesson Context: A study of how the Limestone of Nidderdale, formed South of the Equator in the Tethys Sea, came to be located in its
present location. A look at the development of the theory of ‘Continental drift’ and an understanding of how scientific theory develops
over time.
Objectives: (What are we learning today?)
• That rocks in the Earth’s crust are constantly moving as a result of convection currents in the Mantle.
• That there were a variety of competing theories to explain the distribution of continents.
• How scientists review each others work to help modify and refine theories.
Learning Outcomes: (What am I looking for?) 1) Detailed study of a piece of text. 2) An analysis of the text through role play.
10 mins Starter: Watch the DVD “The Early Earth and Plate Tectonics”
Discuss the idea of plate tectonics and continental drift to set the scene.
10 mins
1) Read the information sheet “The Earth Moves”.
2) Students split into groups to develop a role play activity using the information sheet and
15 Mins
15 Mins
Preparation – Students prepare for role play exercise by finding answers to questions in
guidelines, establishing character roles, writing scripts etc.
Delivery – Students perform play.
Discussion and feedback on correct answers from role play guideline sheet. It is particularly
important to discuss, here, why Wegener’s theory prevailed and why other scientists may have
resisted it.
Homework: Complete Internet research project on the Uses of Limestone.
Next Lesson: Wegener’s theory of Plate Tectonics.
“The Earth
information sheet.
Role play
Guideline sheets