The Changing Earth - History of Planet Earth Science Station BUNDLE

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    1. A BUNDLE of 88 Fourth Grade Science Stations that cover all Next Generation Science Standards for fourth grade.Google Slides and Google Forms added July 2020Google Classroom™️ DIGITAL Components Include:► Google Forms™️ with Reading Passages, Differentiated Questions, and Links to the Videos and Games
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    2. A BUNDLE of 5 Science Station Sets that cover all Next Generation Science Standards for fourth grade Earth Science. Concepts include: the history of the Earth, natural hazards, natural resources, plate tectonics, and weathering & erosion.Google Slides and Google Forms added July 2020Google Class
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    The Changing Earth - The History of Planet Earth Fourth Grade Science Stations includes 8 different science stations where students deepen their understanding of how the earth changes over time. The focus is on NGSS 4-ESS1.C and concepts include earthquakes, mountains, fossils, layers of sedimentary rock, weathering, rock cycle, types of rocks, geologists, fossilization, and erosion.

    Google Slides and Google Forms added July 2020

    Google Classroom™️ Components Include:

    ► Google Forms™️ with Reading Passages, Differentiated Questions and Links to the Videos and Games (all stations)

    ► Google Slides™️ with Activity Directions & Worksheets to record results (Investigate, Diagram, Model, Explore, and Sort)

    While we have included Google Slides, many of the stations are hands-on.

    By working through this set of stations, students will gain a robust understanding of the patterns in rocks and land formations that explain Earth's history and how it has changed over time. In Fourth Grade, students are expected to “identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time” (4-ESS1-1). This correlates with the DCI 4-ESS1.C, which states, “Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed.” All stations in this set meet the DCI, helping students gain an understanding of how rocks, rock layers, and land formations provide evidence of the history of the Planet Earth.

    ★ Click here to purchase all the Fourth Grade Science Stations together in one large yearlong BUNDLE ★

    The Changing Earth Stations Include

    Vocabulary Cards in two formats with and without pictures.

    Watch - Students watch one of two videos and then answer questions about the videos. Videos include: earthquakes and how mountains are made.

    Play - Students play a video game and learn about the fossils in rock layers or a video game about rocks and weathering. Students answer questions to reinforce new learning.

    Investigate - Students read about the rock cycle and investigate different types of rocks. Students then answer questions to reinforce the concepts learned.

    Diagram - Students read about fossils in layers of sedimentary rock and complete a diagram of fossils in rock layers. They then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

    Read a Passage - Students read about geologists. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

    Model - Students read about how mountains are made and make a model of the mountain-building process. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

    Explore Students read about the process of fossilization and how fossils get exposed in order to explore how scientists understand the history of the changing Earth. They then answer questions about the exploration.

    Sort - Students read about different kinds of erosion. They sort pictures of landscapes into categories describing the forces of erosion that caused the erosion. Students then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

    Click here to purchase all of the Fourth Grade Earth Science Stations together in one BUNDLE.

    Differentiated Responses

    Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journals, but worksheets are included as well.

    Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.

    Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. Examples of variables to test could include angle of slope in the downhill movement of water, amount of vegetation, speed of wind, relative rate of deposition, cycles of freezing and thawing of water, cycles of heating and cooling, and volume of water flow. Assessment is limited to a single form of weathering or erosion.
    Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. Maps can include topographic maps of Earth’s land and ocean floor, as well as maps of the locations of mountains, continental boundaries, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
    Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock. Assessment does not include specific knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation or memorization of specific rock formations and layers. Assessment is limited to relative time.
    Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
    Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.


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