MS-ESS1-4 Earth's History Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS1-4 Earth's History Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory partially satisfies NGSS MS-ESS1-4. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Earth's History Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Explain how the history of Earth is defined and divided into units of time.
2. Describe the environmental conditions of Earth during the four major eons.
3. Sequence important events that occurred during the Earth’s 4.6 billion year history.
4. Identify patterns in the emergence of life during the Phanerozoic Eon.

Science Skills Station
Students will make a timeline of events that occur during Earth’s four major eons. Students will identify major events that played a role in the formation of the Earth we know today as well as the emergence of major lifeforms.

Narrative Station
At this station, students will read about the units of time that we use to measure and describe the history of Earth. Students will also read the emergence of life on Earth and how and why the complexity of life on Earth changed over time.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the geologic time scale and major events on Earth. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
At this station, students will build a model that represents what Earth was like during the four major eons. Students will create illustrative or physical models that show what Earth physically looked like during the Hadean, Archean, Proterozoic and Phanerozoic Eon.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
Rulers
11 x 17 paper
1 Computer or Tablet
Colored Pencils and Markers
4 styrofoam balls (per group)
1 rectangular piece of styrofoam (per group)
Toothpicks and thin wood dowels or skinny wood sticks (4 per group)
Post-its and 3 x 5 Index cards (4 per group)

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 35% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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