I can’t take credit for this lesson, but it worked out really well so I figure I had to share. This lesson came from the Glencoe NYS 7th Grade Curriculum as a “Launch Lab” for the chapter about Continental Drift.

I cut out random pictures from a magazine for each student. Students then sat with their lab partners and tore their pictures to create their own puzzles. I told each student to make between 5 and 10 puzzle pieces.  The students switched puzzles and put them back together. I let the students switch partners a few times and put together different puzzles. Students then glued their own puzzles to the launch lab activity sheet that I created.

As a whole class, we discussed HOW we were able to put together our puzzles and what clues we used. Students worked independently to write a paragraph describing this. This week we will be learning more about continental drift and Wegener’s explanation.

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