Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories

Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
Dinosaur Extinction Using Asteroid and Volcano Theories
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Dinosaurs are extinct. How did this happen? This packet will help students use evidence from text, experiments and group discussions to form an opinion. By the end, students will publish a three paragraph essay supporting their opinion and art project.

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Section #1 - Student Booklet
• 4 pages of review for fact, opinion and claims.
• Formatted as 2 page handbook to use as opening activity.
• Reference for the remaining activities and assignments.

Section #2 - Text Passages (pg. 1-11)
• Text passages (2) with 7 sidebar topics.
• Body Topics - Asteroid impact events and volcanic eruptions.
• Sidebar Topics #1 - Asteroid vocabulary, size/mass, impact on animals.
• Sidebar Topics #2 - Atens Asteroid, Deccan Traps, acid climate change, volcano vocabulary.
• Includes 4 graphic organizers - natural disasters for asteroid impact events, PMI organizer for mass extinction event, volcanic eruption hazards and PMI for eruption events.

Section #3 - Think, Discuss & Share (pg. 12-15)
• Questions for discussion including 10 open-ended questions and 10 sentence stems.
• Two activities using “sketch to stretch” strategy - complete the pictures for before and after.

Section #4 - Text Dependent Questions (pg. 16-18)
• Includes 16 questions - requires rereading, citing evidence, supporting facts.
• Based on text and discussion activities.

Section #5 - Hands-On Science Activities (pg. 19-28)
• Creating a crater activity - explore how asteroids change the Earth’s surface.
• Volcanic eruptions activity - explosive, slow, short and long eruptions.
• Each includes data collection sheet with observations and thinking questions.
• Activity summary questions based on learning activities.
• Extra Materials Required: baking sheets, flour, soap, vinegar and other household items.

Section #6 - Fact Finding Scavenger Hunt (pg. 29-30)
• Whole class activity to find facts and opinions of other students.
• Includes section to identify facts that will later be used with essay writing.
• Creation of scientific word bank to use with writing.

Section #7 - Publishing Tools (pg. 31-36)
• Outline organizer for 3 paragraph essay.
• Rough draft forms with review tools.
• Final publishing papers that are dinosaur themed.

Section #8 - Dinosaur Poster Project (pg. 37-38)
• 10 student choice options - select one aspect from prior learning to dig deeper.
• Complete instructions for independent or at home completion.
• Requires one sheet of construction paper to complete project.

Section #9 - Grading Tools (pg. 39-43)
• Summary sheet for all six grades on a single sheet.
• Four rubrics included - graphic organizers, science activity report, essay writing and fine art.
• Unit completion and text dependent questions do not require a rubric.

Bonus Material To Make Life Easier: Overview sheets and thumbnail index.

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