In this 6-week unit, students discover and learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and the relationships between all of them. Students will explore each topic individually using hands on activities, notes, art and poetry. Connections between the topics will be made as the students develop a pop-up book as a culminating activity and formative assessment.

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Timeline and basic outline for this unit.
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KWL instructions to be used at the beginning of the unit, as well as to introduce each subtopic
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Day 1: Dynamic Earth - Vocabulary

by Micki Halsey Randall

Terms and vocabulary related to Dynamic Earth. Vocabulary will be embedded in all topic assignments, model building and activities.
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Have students create transparencies indicating the location of major earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain ranges. Overlay each transparency on top of a map of tectonic plates. Students will see the connection between plates and each phenomenon.
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Use this rubric as a scoring guide to evaluate the pop-up books
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Video and activity to help learners understand the layers of the Earth.
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A lecture in outline form to cover the topic of plate tectonics.
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This activity can be used for multiple topics within this unit.
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Example of a metaphor for the layers of the Earth, including an illustration.
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Instructions for writing Cinquain poems as forms of assessing understanding.
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The same as the "Dynamic Earth - Cinquain Poems" wiki document, but in word format with illustration.
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Outline notes for studying earthquakes
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Students use clay to demonstrate how faults work.
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Outline lecture notes about volcanoes.
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Outline lecture for mountain building
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Pop-up book instructions/organizational outline
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This is an example of a graphic organizer for volcano information.
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Instructions for creating a collage
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Day 26: Dynamic Earth - Reflection

by Micki Halsey Randall

Student reflection at the end of the unit
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