Volcanoes

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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans. General Volcano Resources: video: a volcanologist dances on lava Video: volcanic … Read More

 

Earthquakes

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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans. General Earthquake Resources: Google Earth Real Time Earthquake File: USGS Display … Read More

 

The Theory of Plate Tectonics–Accept or Reject?

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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans.  The main story line is to collect evidence of … Read More

 

Continental Drift Theory–Accept or Reject?

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“Scientists still do not appear to understand sufficiently that all earth sciences must contribute evidence toward unveiling the state of our planet in earlier times, and that the truth of … Read More

 

Inside Earth Unit Plan

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This unit tells the story of the development of the theory of plate tectonics. The students take the same journey of discovery as scientists did. This helps them understand that science … Read More

 

Develop and Use Models to Explain How Sunlight Intensity Changes Throughout the Year

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Brief Lesson Descriptions: (Download the free complete lesson plans that include NGSS, student activities, teacher notes, and online resources:how the tilt affects the angle of light and light intenstity lesson … Read More

 

Solstices and Equinoxes: Constructing Explanations by Developing and Using Models

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By this point in the unit, students should have a clear understanding about what DOESN’T cause the seasons. Hopefully, misconceptions have been destroyed by the evidence we collected in class. … Read More

 

Does How Far Away Earth is From the Sun Cause the Seasons?

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The main idea of these lessons is to gather empirical evidence that shatters the misconception many students (non-students too) hold that when we are closer to the Sun it is … Read More

 

Assessing Preconceptions Students have about Seasonal Change

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I start this lesson with some warm up questions on the board: What are the seasons? Are they the same everywhere in the world? Explain. What causes the seasons? We … Read More

 

Seasonal Change Unit

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This unit begins the second half of the year where we explore how energy from the sun drives the motion and/or cycling of matter at Earth’s surface. At this point … Read More