Rocks and Minerals, Project-Based Learning Activity

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Learn about Rocks and Minerals with science, writing, drawing, problem-solving, research with technology and a student choice final project.

Discover: Rocks and Minerals
Congratulations! You’ve been selected for a scientific expedition to discover and learn about rocks and minerals.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about:
-rocks
-minerals
-the rock cycle
-mining

Through this challenge, you will learn through research online and in books about rocks and minerals. After collecting your research, you will present what you have learned through creating a presentation of your own choice.

You can never know what is in your own backyard until you have explored and researched.

Don’t forget, your classmates and teacher will want to read and hear about all that you’ve learned in your research during this challenge so make sure to record all the information you find throughout the process in your work book.

What is Project Based Learning?:
Project Based Learning is a method of teaching where students have a question or topic that relates to the curriculum that they work on for an extended period of time in an engaging, creative, and experimental manner and respond to the question through a challenge. The difference between PBL and creating a project is that projects are created AFTER learning and PBL allows students to learn through the entire process and toward a goal of answering a challenge or question.

The project is focused on student’s learning goals and curriculum using creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and self-management.

The best part about PBL is that it is brings a lot of learning subjects together in one project, allowing students to spend a lot of time on their PBL while meeting many aspects of the curriculum all at once.

ACCESS TO BOOKS AND TECHNOLOGY IS NEEDED TO RESPOND TO THE WORKSHEETS

This Product Includes: 32 pages
-Unit Plan for Rocks and Minerals (3 pages)
-Title Page
-Discover: Resources (Challenge intro page)
-The Big Ideas (which are covered in this unit)
-Before the Expedition, I Know...
-About Rocks and Minerals
-What to Bring on an Expedition
-The First Expedition: First Finds on Rocks
-Ask: How are Rocks Formed? (examining the three types of rocks)
-The Second Expedition: Erosion (Water and Wind)
-Inquiry: Igneous Rocks
-Inquiry: Sedimentary Rocks
-Inquiry: Metamorphic Rocks
-Draw the Rock Cycle + Questions
-Visual: The Rock Cycle and Rock Types
-Draw Rock Types (draw each of the three types of rocks)
-About: Mining Minerals
-Expedition: Mines (Underground and Open-Pit, advantages and disadvantages)
-Inquiry: Minerals and Metals
-Journal: Gold Rush (Modern Gold Mine Operation)
-Instagram Minerals
-Expedition: Uses of Minerals
-Coal Mining Comic
-Mining Pollution Magazine Cover Design
-Observe a Rock (Find a rock and make observations)
-Inquiry: Soil
-Research: Peer Feedback
-Share What You’ve Learned (student choice final project)
-Project Rubric
-Project Assessment and Reflection


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