December 11th-December 15th

December 11th

Rock Transformation 2.3

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.

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. Students finish Gizmo Rock Comparisons

4: Homework

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

December 12th

Rock Transformation 2.4

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 students' thinking about the two claims in light of their new understanding.

December 13th

Rock Transformation 2.5

1. Students complete a Critical Juncture Assessment. The Critical Juncture Assessment is designed to reveal students’ current levels of understanding of the unit’s core content, and the results are used to place each student at a particular level of the Progress Build.

2. Vocabulary Quiz

December 14th

Rock Transformation 2.6

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.

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.

December 15th

Rock Transformation 2.6 Flextention

This lesson builds on and reinforces students’ understanding of weathering. Students
read “Bryce Canyon Hoodoos” to learn about a different type of weathering called
chemical weathering. After the teacher models Active Reading, students read and
annotate the article and then reflect on their annotations in partner and whole-class
discussions. Students revisit the article to gather evidence about what happens to the
rock when it undergoes chemical weathering. They learn that chemical reactions take
place, which causes the rock to turn into new substances with new properties. The
purpose of this lesson is for students to figure out what happens when substances go
through a chemical reaction.