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Geographical Representations (Topographic/Contour Maps) 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Geographical Representations (Topographic/Contour Maps) 5E Instructional Model Plan

Students learn about topographic maps, including contour maps, by collecting data from a 3D model of a landform to create a contour map. Then the teacher provides direct instruction on contour map features, creating profiles, and calculating gradient, and students create profiles and calculate gradients for the contour map they created during the explore phase. Finally, students match typical geographical features to representations on a contour map and extend their thinking by identifying erosional processes on a contour map.

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Insolation and Seasons Lab

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Insolation and Seasons Lab

Students learn about differences in solar insolation across the Earth by collecting and graphing data from an angle of insolation lab.

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Modeling Earth's Interior Processes Lab

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Modeling Earth's Interior Processes Lab

Students learn about the driving force behind plate motion by making observations from models of Earth's interior and its processes.

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Modeling Nuclear Decay

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Modeling Nuclear Decay

In this actitivity, students learn about radioactive dating by modeling radioactive and decayed carbon atoms with the heads and tails side of pennies.

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Phases of the Moon 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Phases of the Moon 5E Instructional Model Plan

Students learn about why we see different phases of the moon by making observations of a 3-D Moon phase model and a moon phase simulator. Students then learn about the relationship between moon phases and tides by graphing daily tides and associating them with the phases of the moon. Finally, students extend their thinking by using their understanding of relative perspective to explain how solar and lunar eclipses happen.

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Unit 3 Mineral Identification and Explaining Mineral Properties Lab

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Unit 3 Mineral Identification and Explaining Mineral Properties Lab

Students sort and classify minerals, then learn concepts that allow them to explain why each type of mineral has its own set of unique properties.

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Unit 3 Patterns of Stream Erosion and Deposition Lab (Less Scaffolded)

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Unit 3 Patterns of Stream Erosion and Deposition Lab (Less Scaffolded)

Students will explore the processes associated with stream erosion by observing an actual small-scale erosional-depositional system.

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Unit 3 Patterns of Stream Erosion and Deposition Lab (More Scaffolded)

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Unit 3 Patterns of Stream Erosion and Deposition Lab (More Scaffolded)

Students will explore the processes associated with stream erosion by observing an actual small-scale erosional-depositional system.

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Unit 3 Weathering and Erosion Modeling Stations

Earth Science
Unit 3: Landscapes and Surface Processes
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Unit 3 Weathering and Erosion Modeling Stations

Students make predictions and learn about different forms of weathering and erosion through a series of models.

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Unit 4 Modeling Stratigraphic Columns Lab

Earth Science
Unit 4: Geologic History and Evolution of Life
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Unit 4 Modeling Stratigraphic Columns Lab

Students model formation of sedimentary rock layers using various types of sediment. Students then model deformation of rock layers using clay. 
 

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What is Density? Lab

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What is Density? Lab

Students learn about the concept of density by carrying out a density lab.