Do your kids struggle constructing science explanations or arguing from data? This is a great activity to drill and practice this skill. Give them practice writing claims, evidence and reasoning in your earth science class.
In this activity students are presented with 6 stations each station presents them with a question, a diagram or graph and prompts them to write a claim, evidence and reasoning response.
Station 1: Plate Tectonics
Station 2: Earth's Atmosphere
Station 3: Plate Tectonics
Station 4: Climate
Station 5: Geologic Eras and Periods
Station 6: Earth's Internal Structure
Include answer key. PDF file.
Stations are aligned with NGSS.
• HS-ESS1-5. Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
• HS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features
• HS-ESS2-3. Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.
• HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.