Wednesday: New Unit – Fresh Start!

Happy (middle of the week) Wednesday, everyone!

Today we started a brand new unit covering Earth’s History! I love beginning new units because it’s like a fresh start! We have been doing a lot of high-intensity activities lately and with Explore testing it was necessary to let the kids have a mental break, but still keep them engaged in new content. Here’s what we did today:

Rock Cycle Simple

Here’s our class prezi: http://prezi.com/29ixetxqifst/earths-history-changes-their-effects/

We watched an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpXR-z47G8o) focusing on the Rock Cycle. It was a fun introduction to our new content without overwhelming the students.

The video worksheet we used can be found here: Bill Nye Rock Cycle Video Questions

The video worksheet key can be found here: Bill Nye Rock Cycle Video Questions KEY

Afterwards, students paired up and discussed their answers before sharing out with the class to ensure everyone had the correct answer.

Next, we started a collaborative reading and students independently answered the questions that followed. A Learning Support Station (LSS / key) was available for students to check their answers as needed, however the rules were: 1) Student cannot take their worksheets up to the LSS and 2) Students cannot take the LSS to their desk.

That worksheet can be found here: The Rock Cycle – Reading & Questions Practice

The worksheet key (LSS) can be found here: The Rock Cycle – Reading & Questions Practice KEY

Tomorrow we’ll begin looking at plate tectonics and land features that from as a result of those movements!

Have a happy day!

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