January 22nd-January 26th

monday-1.jpg January 22nd Rock Transformation End of Unit Assessment

The End-of-Unit Assessment indicates where students fall along the levels of the Progress Build after instruction by measuring their mastery of the specific ideas, both unit-specific science concepts and crosscutting concepts, that comprise each level of the Progress Build. The End-of-Unit Assessment also measures students’ understanding of important supporting content not explicitly included in the Progress Build. When analyzed with the Pre-Unit Assessment and Critical Juncture, the End-of-Unit Assessment results indicate students’ progress over the course of the unit.

Tuesday-1.jpg January 23rd Midpoint Assessment

Students complete mid-point assessment covering content from Thermal Energy, Plate Motion, and Rock Transformation Unit. 

Wednesday-1.jpg January 24th No School/Weather

 

thursday-1.jpg January 25th Natural Selection Lesson 1.1/Vocabulary

 The pre-unit assessment is diagnostic and designed to reveal students’ understanding of the unit’s core content—including unit-specific science concepts and crosscutting concepts—prior to instruction by indicating, for formative purposes, where students initially fall along the levels of the Progress Build. The pre-unit assessment also measures students’ understanding of important supporting content not explicitly included in the Progress Build. As such, the pre-unit assessment offers a baseline from which to measure growth of understanding over the course of the unit. Students will also complete definition of Vocabulary for unit that students will complete a vocabulary assessment later on within the unit. 

friday-1.jpg January 26th Natural Selection Lesson 1.2
1: Warm-Up (10 min.)

Students use their observational skills to describe variation in a population.

(Teacher Only) Video: The Mystery of the Poisonous Newts (10 min.)

A video introduces students to their role as biologists and to the problem they will solve in this unit.

2: Observing Traits (20 min.)

By observing card sets of population images, students engage with the concept of variation.

3: Reflection (5 min.)

A reflection activity provides an assessment of students' initial understanding of variation.

4: Homework

Students are provided with more information about the rough-skinned newts, their traits, and the variation in their population through a short article. Students also have an opportunity to read about a scientist that studies natural selection.