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Monday, December 9th- Friday, December 13th

Monday, December 9th

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)

ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes:

Water’s movements—both on the land and underground—cause weathering and erosion, which change the land’s surface features and create underground formations. (MS-ESS2-2)

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)

Students learn:

  • Magma is made by melting rock; this happens underneath Earth’s surface.

  • Sediment is made through weathering; this happens on Earth’s surface.

  • Weathering is a complex process, which results in wind and water breaking down rock into sediment.

  • Erosion is the process of moving water and wind, carrying sediment, downhill to a low point in the landscape where it accumulates.

  • Energy drives the processes that transform rock.

  • Reading actively means thinking about one’s own understanding as one reads.

  • Expert readers build understanding by asking more focused, deeper questions as they read.

Lesson at a Glance

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students begin to think about where magma and sediment come from in order to activate their prior knowledge and surface their initial thinking.

2: Exploring How Magma and Sediment Form (20 min.)

Students use the Sim to understand how different energy sources drive processes that form rocks.

(Teacher Only) Playing Understanding Weathering (10 min.)

Students watch a video to help them gain a deeper understanding of how weathering affects rock formations.

3: Sorting Rock Processes (10 min.)

Students identify the energy sources that drive rock transformation and indicate where these processes occur.

4: Homework

Students watch the Understanding Weathering video again in order to better understand weathering and erosion.

Tuesday, December 10th

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)

ESS3.A: Natural Resources:

Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes. (MS-ESS3-1)

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems:

Typically as human populations and per-capita consumption of natural resources increase, so do the negative impacts on Earth unless the activities and technologies involved are engineered otherwise. (MS- ESS3-3),(MS-ESS3-4)

 

Students will catch up on missed assignments and complete doodle notes on sedimentary and igneous rocks.

Wednesday, December 11th-- 2.3 Energy’s Role in Forming Rocks

Students learn:

  • Any rock can become magma or sediment.

  • Scientists often reread a text with a new purpose in mind.

  • Matter gets transformed by energy, but the same matter is still present.

  • Sediment forms when any type of rock is weathered, a process driven by energy from the sun.

  • Magma forms when any type of rock is melted, a process driven by energy from Earth’s interior.

Lesson at a Glance

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students consider the order of the steps in forming magma and sediment.

2: Making Sediment with Hard Candy (15 min.)

Students see that both igneous and sedimentary rocks can change into sediment.

(Teacher Only) Playing Making Candy Magma (5 min.)

Students watch a video to learn how magma can be made from sedimentary and igneous rocks.

3: Second Read of “Devils Tower” (20 min.)

Students reread “Devils Tower,” applying their understanding of the role energy in rock transformations. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ understanding of the crosscutting concept of Energy and Matter.

4: Homework

Students read an article, learning about Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources.

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)

ESS3.A: Natural Resources:

Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes. (MS-ESS3-1)

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems:

Typically as human populations and per-capita consumption of natural resources increase, so do the negative impacts on Earth unless the activities and technologies involved are engineered otherwise. (MS- ESS3-3),(MS-ESS3-4)

Thursday, December 12th

MAP Testing!

Friday, December 13th

Make-up MAP testing and IXL review