Weather and Climate unit plan

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This unit focuses on how matter and energy interact in the atmosphere to create Earth’s weather systems. This directly connects with the NGSS crosscutting concept of Matter and Energy: “ … Read More

Mystery Class

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  “Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Follow photoperiod clues to search for ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery—and discover the reasons … Read More

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

scienceteachermamaAnalyzing and Interpreting Data, Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Cause and Effect, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Crosscutting Concepts, Developing and Using Models, Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Earth and Space Science, Energy and Matter, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Measurement and Data, MS-ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe, Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information, Patterns, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Resources, Science and Engineering Practices, Seasonal Change Unit, Stability and Change, Structure and Function, Systems and System Models, Using Mathematics and Computational ThinkingLeave a Comment

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

scienceteachermamaAnalyzing and Interpreting Data, Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Cause and Effect, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Crosscutting Concepts, Developing and Using Models, Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Earth and Space Science, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Expressions and Equations, Measurement and Data, MS-ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe, Patterns, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Science and Engineering Practices, Seasonal Change Unit, Stability and Change, Systems and System Models, Using Mathematics and Computational ThinkingLeave a Comment

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

Modeling Day and Night

scienceteachermamaCause and Effect, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Crosscutting Concepts, Developing and Using Models, Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Earth and Space Science, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, MS-ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe, Patterns, Resources, Science and Engineering Practices, Seasonal Change Unit, Systems and System ModelsLeave a Comment

Before we move on to understanding what causes the seasons, we find out what doesn’t cause the seasons. By 6th grade, most students know that earth moves in two ways: … Read More

How to Develop a Longitude/Latitude 3D model to Explain Why They’re Measured in Degrees

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When looking at latitude lines on a map or a globe it is hard to understand that they are angle measurements and that is why their unit is measured in … Read More

Longitude and Latitude: Creating Models and Integrating 6th grade Common Core Math Standards

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The full lesson plan and activity sheets with teacher guides is available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Use this link. Brief Lesson Description: Students start off by observing the similarities and … Read More

Analyzing Earth’s Shape and Exploring a Globe and Map

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  VS    The first lesson of the unit asks students for their ideas about Earth’s shape. I was surprised to find out how many misconceptions students had about this … Read More