Using Phenomena to Make Observations, Inferences, and Predictions (NGSS) Rocks

Using Phenomena to Make Observations, Inferences, and Predictions  (NGSS) Rocks
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Next Generation Science Standards require that students look at different phenomena while working toward mastering the standards.

MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act together to form minerals and rocks through the cycling of Earth’s materials.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the identification and naming of minerals.]
MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.]

All 8 pictures in this lesson relate to erosion.

This lesson includes a slide show of phenomena that students study then use make inferences, observations, and predictions based on what they see. The slides can be viewed as a class, pushed out the individual student devices, or printed out to share with students. They could also be used as stations or centers.

Also included is a handout that includes smaller pictures of the phenomena as well as places to write the observations, inferences, and predictions.

I give students 2 1/2 minutes per slide to fill out the worksheet, then at they end, they have 5 minutes to discuss their observations, inferences, and predictions.
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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