Thursday, May 13th: Drifting Continents

HYPOTHESIS– People say that a hypothesis is “an educated guess”. Well, there is NO guessing going on when someone makes a hypothesis. “In science, a hypothesis is an idea or explanation that you then test through study and experimentation.” ( Before a scientist makes a hypothesis, they do research, ask questions, and then do more research. It is not just a “guess” that someone then has to prove is true or false.

THEORYBritannica for Kids describes a scientific theory as, “an explanation for why things work or how things happen. Scientists develop theories based on their observations of the world around them. Theories are based on ideas that can be tested. Theories are not speculative, or based on a guess.”

For an idea to become a theory, there has to be not just one piece of evidence proven to be true or not true, but many pieces. Ideas are tested over and over and over before they become a trusted theory.



  1. Continental Drift- 100 Greatest Discoveries (2:12)–
  2. Alfred Wegener: Great Minds (4:55)–
  3. How the Continents Were Formed (14:59) – Alfred Wegener and Plate Tectonics-
  4. Alfred Wegener’s Theory of Continental Drift (4:58)Good evidence examples

THE FINALE– Continental Drift: Alfred Wegener Song by The Amoeba People


Class Notes- Put in Notability (not from our class…but could be)

READ AND DO (The assignment is at the end of the reading AND you have a paper copy.)


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