rSuperstars 2015

Lesson Plan for Day 1 - Lithosphere

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(Mr. McKinney, Spring 2015)

Outline of Lesson Plan for Day 1: (Unit on The Earth’s Lithosphere - Processes and Forces)

Students will understand how the rock cycle impacts the lithosphere.
What is the Lithosphere?
What is the Rock Cycle?
How does the Rock Cycle impact the Lithosphere?

Class watches BBC news video about recent earthquake in Nepal.

Class watches BBC news video about active volcano in Chile.

Class shares reactions to the earthquake event and the active volcano.

Students take turns reading out loud (pages 66-69 of textbook) about the "Rock Cycle."

Students individually diagram (draw) "Figure 2: Rock Cycle" (page 67 of textbook) in their notebook.

Class watches science video about "Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary Rock."

Students work in pairs to complete "Vocabulary for the Rock Cycle.”

Students turn in their "Rock Cycle diagrams" and "Vocabulary" for grading by teacher.

Begin Day 1 Lesson Plan:

Our objective today is to understand the rock cycle. Learning about the rock cycle is an important part of our study of the lithosphere. Who remembers what we mean when we say “lithosphere?” What does that word mean? (We previously discussed the meaning of lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.)

We are now going to watch two videos. The first video is about the recent earthquake in Nepal. Before we watch the videos, take a minute to look closely at the globe near your table to identify the location of Nepal - between India and China. You should be able to see the Himalayas, the mountains in Nepal, where India and Tibet (or China) come together. Take a minute to look closely at the location of Chile on the globe. You should be able to see the Andes Mountains near the coast of Chile. Ask for help if you have trouble finding Nepal or Chile on the globe.

Class watches BBC news video about recent earthquake in Nepal.

Class watches BBC news video about active volcano in Chile.

What is your reaction to the two videos? In other words, how do you feel about the earthquake in Nepal and the active volcano in Chile? (This is an opportunity for students to articulate their understanding and feelings about two current events. It also provides a window on awareness and personal experience with these types of events.)

We can gain a better understanding of earthquakes and volcanoes if we understand the Earth’s Rock Cycle. We will take turns reading out loud about the rock cycle on pages 66-69 of the textbook. (Each student reads one paragraph, starting at one side of the room and moving to the other side.)

Each student will draw the diagram of the Rock Cycle as shown in Figure 2 on page 67 of the textbook. Be sure your drawing, which should be done in your class notebook, includes the text that is shown in the diagram of the textbook.

We are now going to watch an interesting video about the Rock Cycle. It adds helpful content to the Rock Cycle diagram.

Class watches science video about "Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary Rock."

Students work in pairs to complete "Vocabulary for the Rock Cycle.”

We are now going to work in pairs (with the person next to you) to complete our vocabulary worksheet for today. Each student will complete the vocabulary worksheet.

Vocabulary for the Rock Cycle
(Please define each of the following using one or two complete sentences.)

Rock:

Igneous Rock:

Metamorphic Rock:

Sedimentary Rock:

Rock Cycle:

Magma:

Lava:

Sediments:

Weathering:

Erosion:

Deposition:

Compaction:

Cementation:

End of Vocabulary Worksheet

Be sure to turn in your diagrams (notebooks) and vocabulary worksheets for grading before leaving the classroom today.

Students turn in their "Rock Cycle diagrams" and "Vocabulary" for grading by teacher.

End of Day 1 Lesson Plan

T. McKinney
(April, 2015)



Essential Standard: Explain how processes and forces affect the lithosphere.

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