January 8th-January 12th

January 8th

Rock Transformation Lesson 3.1

1: Warm-Up (10 min.)

Students learn new information about the Rocky Mountains and consider what this means. This information provides motivation to learn how rock formations can move from underground to the surface.

2: “The Oldest Rock Formations on Earth” (25 min.)

Students read to learn about how uplift affects rock formations using the example of one of the oldest rock formations on Earth. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ progress in engaging with scientific texts and asking 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: Homework

Students use the Plate Motion Simulation to explore plate motion and generate ideas about how plate motion can cause rock formations to move.

January 9th

Rock Transformation Lesson 3.2

1: Warm-Up (10 min.)

Students observe how plate motion can move rock formations.

2: Second Read of Rock Formations Article (20 min.)

Students revisit the “The Oldest Rock Formations on Earth” article to gather evidence about how rock formations can move between Earth’s surface and Earth’s interior.

3: Moving Rock Formations (15 min.)

Students complete Sim missions in order to understand the role of plate motion in rock transformation processes.

4: Homework

Students complete additional Sim missions in order to apply their knowledge.

January 10th

Rock Transformation Lesson 3.3

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students prepare to participate in the classroom model.

2: Moving Through Rock Transformations (20 min.)

Students engage in a classroom model of how rock material is transported and transformed on Earth.

3: Mapping Rock Transformation Paths (15 min.)

Students sketch out and share the path their rock material took in the model in order to make sense of how uplift and subduction relate to rock transformations.

4: Reflecting on Rock Transformations (5 min.)

Students reflect on what they learned by explaining how uplift and subduction can affect rock transformation processes.

January 11th

Rock Transformation Lesson 3.4

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

Students use the Sorting Tool to review rock movement and exposure to energy during plate motion.

2: Write and Share: Moving Rock Formations (15 min.)

Students use the Write and Share Routine to apply their understanding of how uplift and subduction move rock formations. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ understanding of the crosscutting concept of Matter and Energy.

3: Modeling Rock Transformations (25 min.)

Students demonstrate their understanding of how rocks transform by creating a model that communicates the process by which they think rock from one region transformed into rock in another. The teacher uses this opportunity as an On-the-Fly Assessment of students’ understanding of how plate motion can lead to rock transformations.

4: Homework

Students write their final report explaining how the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains formed.

5: 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.

January 12th

Rock Transformation Lesson 4.1

1: Warm-Up (5 min.)

In preparation for their investigation of rocks on Venus, students consider whether or not rock transformations occur on other planets.

2: Rock Transformations on Venus (5 min.)

Students are introduced to a new problem regarding rock transformations on Venus.

3: Evaluating Rock Observations (20 min.)

Students evaluate Venus Evidence Cards in order to determine which are most useful.

4: Comparing Rock on Earth and Venus (15 min.)

Students are introduced to two claims, which they will discuss in the Science Seminar. They are given images of rocks on Earth to compare to those found on Venus.