This Question Exploration asks the Essential Question: What is the Rock Cycle (Igneous, Sedimentary, Metamorphic)?
Question Exploration Routine is an instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the question exploration routine earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.
Personally, I use the Question Exploration Routine to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion). This product includes the completed question exploration guide, and the student guide blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in.
I included a fill in the blank worksheet for student assessment, but I might also use my logic line-up on the Rock Cycle (available here https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Logic-LineUp-The-Rock-Cycle-3031039 )
These Question Exploration Routines are classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science. SWBAT
SC.7.E.6.2 Identify the patterns within the rock cycle and relate them to surface events (weathering and erosion) and sub-surface events (plate tectonics and mountain building).
SC.912.E.6.2 Connect surface features to surface processes that are responsible for their formation