Science 1 Scenario As early as 1596, mapmakers and explorers noticed how the shapes of the coastlines of continents, especially South America and Africa

Science 1

Scenario
As early as 1596, mapmakers and explorers noticed how the shapes of the coastlines of
continents, especially South America and Africa, seemed to fit together. In 1912, Wegener
proposed his theory of continental drift. The image below displays some of the evidence Wegener
used to support his theory.

Based on the evidence, write a scientific explanation for how Glossopteris fossils have been found
on four different continents.

6E5G Fossil Evidence of a Changing Earth

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Claim

Evidence

Reasoning

6E5G Fossil Evidence of a Changing Earth

3

Rebuttal (Optional)

3

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Rubric for Writing a Scientific Explanation

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Points
Awarded

2 1 0

Claim Student makes an accurate
and complete claim.

Student makes a
claim that is
inaccurate or
incomplete.

Student does not
make a claim.

Evidence Student makes use of all
pieces of available evidence,
uses labels, and addresses
variables.

Student provides
some pieces of
accurate evidence
but does not make
use of all available
evidence.

Student does not
provide evidence or
only provides
inappropriate or
vague evidence.

Reasoning Student connects evidence to
the claim and uses scientific
principles and vocabulary.

Student cites a
reason, but it is
inaccurate or does
not support the claim.
Student’s reasoning
does not use
scientific terminology
or uses it
inaccurately.

Student does not
connect the evidence
to the claim.

6E5G Fossil Evidence of a Changing Earth

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