The Pangaea Web quest
Introduction: About 250 million years ago when the Earth was still a young planet Pangaea was the beginning, it was known as the super continent until forces including plate tectonics split Pangaea up into what we all know as the present day 7 continents. In this day and age we live in a world where many riddles have been solved and questions answered. This web quest which is filled with fun activities and puzzles will help you understand what really goes on underneath the ocean floor, near the very core of the Earth. When the web quest is completed, you should know where the continents were and where they ended up and how did that happen. You will be using the internet to look at a fun video and play a cool game to help you find out about Pangaea. Please pick one partner and let’s take a trip back to the very beginning and discover how and why we live here today!
Task #1:
A. In this web quest we would like you to play a game to get started!
B. Take a look at where all of the continents are.
C. Can name them correctly?
D. If they were puzzle pieces do you think they could fit together?
Tip: This very fun game is designed so everyone gets a chance to look and really get to continents and everyone is a winner!!!
Task #2:
A. The next task to perform is to watch a clip from the discovery channel about the amazing transformation that Pangaea took.
B. Really listen and take in the information because after you watch, you will need to answer a few questions about what information was in the clip.
C. Please answer 5 short questions following your viewing of the clip.
1.) Give the name for the supercontinent?
2.) What are the 7 present day continents?
3.) What causes the continents to move?
4.) How does the heat escape?
5.) Do you think the continents are still moving today? Why or why not?
Task #3:
For this task, please go to the interactive activity.
A. Play around with the arrows and see what they do.
B. Are you able to look at the picture and tell what happens if things move?
C. What happens when you either moved the arrow up or down or side to side?
Illinois Teaching Standard
Standard 17: Understand world geography and the effects of geography on society, with an emphasis on the United States.
Goal: 17.A.1b Identify the characteristics and purposes of geographic representations including maps, globes, graphs, photographs, software, digital images and be able to locate specific places using each.
Net standards for students
2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance,
to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments
and media
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a. plan strategies to guide inquiry
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
d. process data and report results
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make
informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions
d. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions
5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical
behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
Assessment: Every student will receive an individual grade; but group work will be recognized and taken into account.
Web Quest Rubric
Group Work
Group Member worked well with the other member
Worked well with a few distractions
Work in group was satisfactory
Needs to work on group skills
Worked very poorly in the group
Task #2 Questions
Individual answered all 5 questions correctly
Four correct answers
3 correct answers
2 correct answers
1 correct answer
Web quest
Overall the web quest experience was exceptional
The students web quest performance was above satisfactory
Performance was adequate
Performance was low quality and needs work
Very poor performance on web quest

Conclusion: In this web quest we have taken a journey back 250 million years to Pangaea, the super continent. We have looked at what it was and how it broke apart and how that affected Earth, as well as effects still felt on people in the present day. After completing this web quest students should have a clear idea of the structure of the continents and how they became this way and what this idea holds for future continental drift.

Created by: Meg and Kevin
Works Cited:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. (Photographer). (2008). The blue marble . [Web]. Retrieved from