This zip file contains many different activities (73 pages of student handouts including a worksheets, test, two lab activities as well as cloze notes handouts with an accompanying 55 slide PowerPoint which can be used to introduce students to basic concepts about Deposition and Constructional Forces. Some topics include stream, wind, and glacial deposition, plate tectonics, layers of the earth, some types of landforms (including types of mountains) and basic concepts involving the relative dating of rocks such as superposition, unconformities and intrusions. While these lessons were originally designed to correlate to the performance indicators of the New York State Intermediate Science curriculum, the components of this lesson may be easily used in other physical science or basic introductory earth science courses as well. The components this unit addresses in the NGSS Standards and Common Core Standards are indicated at the end of this description to assist you with your lesson planning.
Many documents are included in both word format as well as pdf format to allow editing for specific teacher needs.
The specific contents of the learning package includes the following items (the page count for these items are actual student handouts as answer key page counts are not included):
-- Marzano self assessment scale including learning goals and Common Core Reading/Writing and Mathematics Standards for students specific to this unit (3 pages)
-- Weathering and Erosion Completion cloze notes handout for students with learning goals (19 pages)
-- 55 slide PowerPoint to accompany the cloze notes
-- Construction of a Geologic Time Line Lab Activity with key (3 pages)
-- Deposition Worksheet with answer key (21 mixed type questions) (6 pages)
-- Relative Dating Worksheet with answer key (14 questions) (6 pages)
-- Relative Dating Activity with answer key (6 pages)
-- Constructional Features and Plate Tectonics Worksheet (24 questions) (9 pages)
-- Graded bedding and stream deposition video (32 seconds)
-- Deposition and Constructional Forces Exam with answer key (33 mixed format questions) (7 pages)
-- Deposition and Modeling Common Core Reading/Writing and Lab Activity with answer key (11 pages and correlated to the Common Core and NGSS standards)
-- Modeling Plate Tectonics Common Core Activity with answer key
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
MS-ESS1-4. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.
MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
MS-ESS2-3. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
Common Core State Standards Connections:
RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
SL.8.5 Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
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