October 9th-October 13th

Monday October 9th


No School

October 10th


 Gizmo Student Exploration Plate Tectonics


 The Plate Tectonics Gizmo illustrates four types of plate
boundaries: transform, collisional, subduction, and divergent.
Students can watch an animation of plate movements at
each boundary, and see where these boundaries are located
on a world map.
The Student Exploration sheet contains four activities:
 Activity A – Students describe and locate transform plate boundaries.
 Activity B – Students describe convergent boundaries and locate collision zones.
Activity C – Students describe and locate subduction zones.
Activity D – Students describe and locate divergent plate boundaries.

Wednesday October 11th

Plate Motion Lesson 2.1


1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students evaluate the Chapter 2 Question: How did the South American Plate and African Plate move?

2: Considering the Mantle (10 min.)

Students use the Sim to gather evidence about the mantle in order to draw conclusions about this soft, solid layer of rock underneath the plates.

3: Exploring Characteristics of the Mantle (10 min.)

Students investigate a soft, solid material (Silly Putty) and a hard, solid material (plastic cube) to learn about the characteristics of Earth’s mantle.

4: Word Relationships (20 min.)

Students engage in a discourse routine that enables them to increase their understanding of unit vocabulary and to practice using it.

5: Homework

Students consider another rocky planet and apply what they have learned about how the consistency of the mantle affects plate motion.

Thursday October 12th

Plate Motion Lesson 2.2

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

In preparation for reading “Listening to Earth,” students make a prediction about what they could see at a plate boundary under the ocean.

2: Active Reading: “Listening to Earth” (25 min.)

Students practice the Active Reading approach while learning about how plates move toward and away from each other at plate boundaries. This activity provides an opportunity for an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ ability to engage with scientific texts and identify challenging words.

3: Discussing Annotations (15 min.)

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

4: Homework

Students make connections between what they are learning and what they have learned about other science topics in the past.

Friday October 13th

Plate Motion Vocabulary


1. Blooket Vocabulary Practice

2. Vocabulary Quiz after Review

3. Make up Assignments