Grade 8 students in Mrs. Lasala’s science class have been learning about Pangaea, the supercontinent that broke up nearly 200 million years ago to form the seven continents.
"The continents started as one big land mass and slowly pieces separated out, because of plates tectonics; the Atlantic ocean is now spreading and the Pacific ocean is shrinking...that’s why we have the "Ring of Fire" all around the Pacific plate with earthquakes and volcanoes," one student explains.
To illustrate this concept, students traditionally cut the seven continents out of a world map and are surprised to see how they all fit together like a puzzle. For instance, the coast of Africa fits into South America. This year, students used their time in The Bridge to convey the lesson with animation. Using common art supplies such as clay and construction paper, one class created dinosaurs who explain Pangaea (top right under "Pangaea Productions"). Another class likened Pangaea to a party (second right under "Pangaea Productions"), giving each continent a clay mouth, where, through conversations they formed cliques which eventually broke off and moved away from the other groups.