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

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

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

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