Modelling Earth’s Inner Structure

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The purpose of the following lessons is to build on the reasoning behind the rejection of Wegener’s Continental Drift Theory. Most students are convinced that the continents have moved over … 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

Heat Transfer: Conduction, Radiation, Convection

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photo credit: Kmecfiunit Key Ideas from Lessons:  Heat is transferred through matter in three different ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction occurs when two objects of different temperatures are in direct contact with each other and heat is transferred from molecule to molecule. Radiation is the transfer of thermal energy that does not require contact or the presence of any matter between the heat source and the object being heated. Convection is the transfer of heat by the movement of currents in a fluid (a gas or a liquid). As a … 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

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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

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

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