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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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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