Systems on Earth's surface, like plate tectonics, weathering, erosion and natural hazards, produce changes to the Earth that are visible in formations and the fossil record. This NGSS-aligned close reading packet will get your students thinking deeply about the patterns and processes on earth's surface.
Included in this packet are 3 texts (History of the Grand Canyon, Mudslides in California/Mud Creek and Big Sur, and Plate Tectonics). Each set includes:
- essential question
- 3 sets of CCSS aligned questions and sample charts
- 2 journal prompts (1 corresponding to the EQ and another at DOK 4 relating to the content of the text)
Common Core standards RI 4.1 to RI 4.9 are addressed in this packet, as well as NGSS standards 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, and 4-ESS2-2.
Please NOTE: these are the same close reading articles included in the complete NGSS unit. For the whole unit, please click on the link below.
UPDATE 1/26/18: Added an answer key for the standards-based questions
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