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The following Powerpoint is used as a complete teaching unit plan. This is a comprehensive unit with 56 slides that took me over 8 hours to complete. This is what I use in my class and has been very successful. There are many interactive sites, standard-based information, and links to resources/videos. This can take 3-4 weeks to complete if you wanted it; lots of information and resources!
Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks and soils.
a.Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.
b.Recognize the physical attributes of rocks and minerals using observation (shape,color, texture), measurement, and simple tests (hardness).
c.Use observation to compare the similarities and differences of texture, particle size, and color in top soils (such as clay, loam or potting soil, and sand).
d.Determine how water and wind can change rocks and soil over time using observation and research..
Students will investigate fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
a.Investigate fossils by observing authentic fossils or models of fossils or view
information resources about fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
b.Describe how a fossil is formed.