Soil Scientist Mini Unit Plan (minerals, deposition) + project based assessment

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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14 pages
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Why would an investor care about dirt? In this Soil Science Shark Tank lesson and project spanning three 90 minute class periods, students learn how minerals get deposited where they do and analyze real ore deposits. On day two, students work as soil scientists to convince an investor to invest in the minerals at their specific site, Shark Tank-style!

Standard: MS-ESS3-1

Student Learning Objectives:

-Summarize how minerals get deposited in specific locations

-Analyze real ore deposits and explain how those minerals became concentrated

-Apply understandings of mineral deposits to create an argument regarding the valuation of minerals

Purchase includes:

1. in-person lesson plan written in 5E format spanning three 90 minute class periods

2. ALL worksheets needed to scaffold students through all aspects of all three lessons: soil scientist career profile, soil science reading guide, graphic organizers, project planning sheets, and presentation day graphic organizer

3. project grading checklist

4. list of ore deposit sites with links for online research

5. comprehensive teacher answer key for all sections

6. access to online soil scientist career exploration resources including virtual job shadow video, fun career focused activity, and downloadable career information sheet in English and Spanish

Provided as an EDITABLE WORD document. 100% prep free, 100% fun! This resource works best with in-person learning.

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Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes. Emphasis is on how these resources are limited and typically non-renewable, and how their distributions are significantly changing as a result of removal by humans. Examples of uneven distributions of resources as a result of past processes include but are not limited to petroleum (locations of the burial of organic marine sediments and subsequent geologic traps), metal ores (locations of past volcanic and hydrothermal activity associated with subduction zones), and soil (locations of active weathering and/or deposition of rock).


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