Students will participate in a simulation model of the rock cycle. Collecting data by throwing die, students will develop an understanding of the movement of atoms and rock particles through the rock cycle.
Individually or in pairs
1.3, 3.1, 3.7, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 7.2, 7.3
|Lesson Components||Time||Inquiry Skills||Tech. Used||Engage Level||Brief Description|
|Engage||5 min||4.2, 5.8, 7.3||none||1||Begin by recalling prior knowledge of the rock cycle by drawing what they remember.|
|Explore||20 min||1.3, 3.1, 3.7, 4.3, 5.3, 5.8||Countdown timer app||3||Students collect data about their journey through the rock cycle stations.|
|Explain||10 min||4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 7.2, 7.3||none||2||Students answer questions based on their journey through the rock cycle. Students work in small teams to draw a graphic that represents their journey|
|Expand||5 min||7.3||none||2||Students can choose one of the following: write an essay from the view point of a rock particle as it moves through the rock cycle or rewrite the lyrics of a popular song to include primary concepts about the rock cycle.|
|Evaluate||5 min||-||none||1||Blackline Master #3.|
|Level of Student Engagement|
|1||Low||Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction|
|2||Medium||Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance|
|3||High||Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered|
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