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Monday, January 6th- Friday, January 10th

Monday, January 6th- 2.4 Explaining How Energy Affects Rocks

ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems:

All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among the planet’s systems. This energy is derived from the sun and Earth’s hot interior. The energy that flows and matter that cycles produce chemical and physical changes in Earth’s materials and living organisms. 

Students learn:

Different energy sources transform each rock type differently.

Lesson at a Glance

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students use the Sorting Tool to categorize words describing the processes that form sedimentary and igneous rocks.

2: Write and Share: Energy Transforming Rocks (20 min.)

Students apply their understanding of how energy transforms rocks by using the Write and Share Routine. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ understanding of the role of energy in transforming rocks. The teacher will also use this opportunity to assess students' ability to construct explanations.

3: Modeling How Rocks Form, Part 2 (15 min.)

Students show their understanding of how rocks form by adding the initial rock material and transformation process to their models from Chapter 1. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ understanding of Chapter 2 content as well as the NGSS practice of Developing and Using Models.

4: Reflecting on the Claims (5 min.)

The teacher guides student thinking about the two claims in light of their new understanding.

Tuesday, January 7th- 2.5 Critical Juncture

Students complete a Critical Juncture

Wednesday, January 8th- 2.6 Investigating Hawaiian Rocks 

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems:

All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among the planet’s systems. This energy is derived from the sun and Earth’s hot interior. The energy that flows and matter that cycles produce chemical and physical changes in Earth’s materials and living organisms. (MS-ESS2-1)

ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems:

The planet’s systems interact over scales that range from microscopic to global in size, and they operate over fractions of a second to billions of years. These interactions have shaped Earth’s history and will determine its future. (MS-ESS2-2)

Lesson at a Glance

1: Warm-Up (10 min.)

Students read about different types of rocks that can be found in Hawaii, reviewing key concepts and preparing for the Sim activity.

2: Making Rock Materials in Hawaii (30 min.)

Students use the concepts from their articles to consider and plan an investigation into how specific rock materials formed in Hawaii.

(Teacher Only) Explaining How Rock Materials Formed (5 min.)

Students collaborate in understanding how rock formed. They use a series of images of Hawaii to apply the evidence they collected from their separate Sim missions.

3: Self-Assessment (Optional)

Students check their understanding of important content in the unit and are given a chance to reflect on additional questions they have about rock transformations.

Thursday, January 9th- 3.1 “The oldest Rock Formations on Earth”

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems:

All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among the planet’s systems. This energy is derived from the sun and Earth’s hot interior. The energy that flows and matter that cycles produce chemical and physical changes in Earth’s materials and living organisms. (MS-ESS2-1)

ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems:

The planet’s systems interact over scales that range from microscopic to global in size, and they operate over fractions of a second to billions of years. These interactions have shaped Earth’s history and will determine its future. (MS-ESS2-2)

Students learn:

Asking deeper questions helps readers check their understanding as they read.

Metamorphic rock is another rock type that is formed when heat or pressure deep underground changes existing rock.

Lesson at a Glance

1: Warm-Up (10 min.)

Students learn new information about the Rocky Mountains and consider what this means. This information provides motivation to learn how rock formations can move from underground to the surface.

2: “The Oldest Rock Formations on Earth” (25 min.)

Students read to learn about how uplift affects rock formations using the example of one of the oldest rock formations on Earth. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ progress in engaging with scientific texts and asking deeper questions.

3: Discussing Annotations (10 min.)

Students discuss their thinking about the reading in order to share important insights and surface alternate conceptions. Students’ annotations provide an opportunity for an On-the-Fly Assessment of annotation skills, reading comprehension, and content understanding.

4: Homework

Students use the Plate Motion Simulation to explore plate motion and generate ideas about how plate motion can cause rock formations to move.

Friday, January 10th- 3.2 Moving Rock Formations

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems:

All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among the planet’s systems. This energy is derived from the sun and Earth’s hot interior. The energy that flows and matter that cycles produce chemical and physical changes in Earth’s materials and living organisms. (MS-ESS2-1)

ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems:

The planet’s systems interact over scales that range from microscopic to global in size, and they operate over fractions of a second to billions of years. These interactions have shaped Earth’s history and will determine its future. (MS-ESS2-2)

Students learn:

 

Plate motion moves rock formations.

Subduction moves rock down, below Earth’s outer layer.

Uplift moves rock upward toward Earth’s surface.

Lesson at a Glance

1: Warm-Up (10 min.)

Students observe how plate motion can move rock formations.

2: Second Read of Rock Formations Article (20 min.)

Students revisit the “The Oldest Rock Formations on Earth” article to gather evidence about how rock formations can move between Earth’s surface and Earth’s interior.

3: Moving Rock Formations (15 min.)

Students complete Sim missions in order to understand the role of plate motion in rock transformation processes.

4: Homework

Students complete additional Sim missions in order to apply their knowledge.