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This 4-week digital unit on Plate Tectonics and Earth's Interior can be completely facilitated using Google Classroom. This unit will help your students to learn about Alfred Wegener and Pangaea, the layers of Earth, convection currents in the mantle, seafloor spreading, tectonic plates, and plate boundaries. This unit is organized as a 'storyline' unit. There is an anticipation activity followed by an introductory phenomenon and discussion board activity. Then, a series of lessons follow that help students to explore and make sense of the initial phenomenon.
This download includes a 40-page Unit Overview Google Doc that is for the Teacher. This document has all of the lessons written out in sections (Lesson |, Lesson 2, Lesson 3, etc.) so that you can see everything in one place. This document includes the answers and it notes how many days (40-45 minute periods) each individual lesson will usually take to complete. This will help you with planning.
The download also includes 10 separate Google Doc lessons that you will share with your students on Google Classroom. Each of these lessons takes 1 to 3 days to complete. Students will type directly on their copies of these Docs and these are what you will grade for each student. Please view the PREVIEW for more visuals of how this unit is organized. My students have responded so well to this lesson format because they know what to expect whether they are learning in-person or virtually. I love that I can schedule out all of the lessons in Google Classroom and I know what I’m teaching weeks out! The prep is easy and the grading is so easy too. You could use this for in-person or hybrid teaching for classes with 1:1 devices, or for all-remote synchronous or asynchronous teaching.
This unit was designed to satisfy the following NGSS Standards: MS-ESS2-3: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s material and the flow of energy that drives this process. MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
These are the topics covered in each lesson:
Lesson 1: Alfred Wegener's discovery (unit phenomenon)
Lesson 2: Pangaea
Lesson 3: Earth's Interior
Lesson 4: Earth's Layers in detail
Lesson 5: Density and Earth's Layers
Lesson 6: Moving Plates, Hot Spot Island Formation
Lesson 7: Convection in the Mantle
Lesson 8: Tectonic Plate Boundaries
Lesson 9: Seafloor Spreading
Lesson 10: Types of Plate Boundaries
Throughout this unit, students will engage in: modeling activities, digital manipulatives and graphic organizers, virtual interactives and simulations, predicting, observing, and explaining phenomena from demonstrations, video clips, readings, data analysis, formative assessments, and more! There is a Google Form post-assessment. This unit is completely paperless and it’s designed and organized for easy facilitation, modification, and grading! :-)
This unit has been completed by my students! They loved it and I had so much fun teaching it! I'm confident that this unit will save you TONS of planning time! You will have 4 weeks of editable and flexible digital curriculum that can be delivered in a hybrid, completely remote, or in-person classroom (with 1:1 devices).
Please view the Preview to get a better idea of what is included!
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You may also want to incorporate these Cornell Doodle Notes and Pixel Art Activities to really round out this digital unit! If you add in these activities, this unit will take approximately 5 weeks:
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