Our Changing Earth: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis is a 6th grade Science unit to teach students how these three events have changed and still change and shape our earth. This unit is inter-disciplinary covering math, science, language arts, and technology.
This unit is designed as an educational option for gifted students in a regular education Science classroom. This unit addresses Ohio Academic Content Standards in the area of Earth and Space Sciences, particularly in the area of Plate Tectonics. It is also an interdisciplinary unit, incorporating Social Studies, Math and Technology standards ll. In it, students will build knowledge about the topic through focused web searches and then synthesize the information by creating a short documentary describing a famous earthquake or volcanic eruption. The documentary will describe the movement of the plates as well as the human drama that unfolds during natural disasters. This video can also be submitted to eTech as part of a video competition or to ThinkQuest if completed as a website.
*This project requires the use of the Internet, and depending on student choice, the access to video cameras and other tools to aid in the creation of a movie. This project will also require time out of class.
The Earth is a dynamic system, constantly changing through a multitude of systems; the geologic, hydrologic, atmospheric and biologic systems are all integral to one another. Despite the fact that we inhabit this blue planet many of us are unaware of how even the simplest of systems work between one another and how even a small perturbation in one system can ripple through them all. The curriculum that follows will outline the systems of the earth and draw upon their interconnectedness to bring about a new found understanding of our environment and the critical modern day issues we are facing now and in the future. Through a multitude of hands-on and investigative lessons and activities this series will help students take their prior knowledge and combine it with new understandings and conflicts to ultimately apply the information gained in the local communities for a culminating environmental action project.
This curriculum is meant for students who have already progressed through some earth science classes. There are many lessons within the collection that can be pulled out and used separately from the curriculum as a whole.
The 5th Unit covers many topics addressed in a book called The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity, by James Lovelock, 160 pages with glossary. I recommend this as a reading for the semester, especially during Unit 5 though it is not a requirement to follow the science or the lessons.
The Revenge of Gaia, James Lovelock, 2006
British ISBNs: 978-0-713-99914-3; 0-713-99914-4
CK-12 Earth Science covers the study of Earth - its minerals and energy resources, processes inside and on its surface, its past, water, weather and climate, the environment and human actions, and astronomy.
This folder contains a lesson, images, and an assessment about Earth's atmosphere. Up to this point, student's have been studying and working with Newton's Laws of motion, and this lesson, in particular, answers the question, "What is a rocket pushing against when it is launched?"
In this 6-week high school unit, students discover and learn about the evolution of earth, its formation, features, and changes over time. 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.