December 4th-December 8th

December 4th

Rock Transformation Lesson 1.5

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students review the “Rocks on the Beach” article, which they read for homework. They review descriptions of how different rock types form, solidifying their understanding of the two processes covered so far.

2: Modeling How Rocks Form (15 min.)

Students show their current understanding of how sedimentary and igneous rocks form. They use the Modeling Tool to communicate their ideas with other students. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ ideas about how sedimentary and igneous rocks form.

3: Evaluating Rock Observations (17 min.)

Students consider evidence about the rock of the two study regions. They apply an understanding of detailed observations to evaluate the given evidence.

4: Discussing How the Rocks Formed (8 min.)

Students use the evidence about the rock of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. They determine which rock type is found in each region and how those rocks formed.

5: Homework

Students practice supporting a scientific argument with evidence in order to explain their current thinking about the claims.

6: 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.

December 5th

Rock Transformation Louisiana Companion Document

This lesson builds on and reinforces students’ understanding of how sedimentary rock
forms by applying this idea to the formation of crude oil—the material used to make
plastic. In this lesson, students read the article “From Living Things to Plastic: A Journey
Through Rock.” After the teacher models Active Reading, students read and annotate
the article and then reflect on their annotations in partner and whole-class discussions. 

December 6th

Rock Transformation Lesson 2.1

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.

December 7th

Rock Transformation Flextention Activity

This hands-on activity builds on and reinforces students’ understanding of rock
characteristics, how rocks form, and the work of geologists who study rocks. Students
are introduced to minerals and the idea that rocks are composed of one or more minerals.
To identify a mystery mineral, students gather evidence through observations (color and
luster) and the results of diagnostic tests (hardness, streak, magnetic attraction, and
density). The purpose of this lesson is to extend students’ understanding of rock formations
and rock transformations and to expose them to common investigation practices in

December 8th

Rock Transformation Lesson 2.2

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students observe an image and apply their understanding of erosion.

2: Active Reading: “Devils Tower” (25 min.)

Students read to learn about how sediment and magma are formed using the example of a famous rock formation in Wyoming. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ ability to engage with scientific texts and ask 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: Reflecting on Magma and Sediment (5 min.)

Students reflect on what they have learned so far about what causes magma and sediment to form.