How Earth Got Its Shape Course Details
From weathering, erosion, and deposition to the rock cycle to plate tectonics and volcanism students will learn about the forces that shape Earth. Students will conduct field research, make a scientific model, and conduct a lab in this high-interest, hands-on 4-week Session.
How Earth Got Its Shape is one of the 4 sessions in Season 1 of the Elementary Level Science Series. This session meets 4 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each session in this series includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format. The sessions c=have been designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards.
Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. The materials include materials list, lab instructions as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, gives time for students to ask and answer questions as we work our way through the thoughtfully paired activity. Classes are taped for anyone unable to attend a class.
For those using the REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Environment 1 curriculum, these lessons will highlight, but not duplicate, labs and activities from the course. 1st – 4th grades recommended. Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level, science acumen of the student.
* Lab materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.
Usually 2-3 hours per week of work, including class.
There are 4 meetings (1 per week for 4 weeks) covering a different topic in Earth Science each week.
In this 4-week series students will build their own 3-dimensional scientific models to use to demonstrate core principles in Earth Science. Students will be encouraged to choose one of these topics to share information they have gleaned outside of class.
Week 1: Why There are Shells on Mount Everest – Plate Tectonics
Students will create a series of scientific models looking at how different types of mountains form based on different types of movements of tectonic plates. We will also answer the question: How could continents moving at the rate of centimeters per year form mountains as tall as Mount Everest?
Week 2: How the Grand Canyon Got It’s Shape – Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition
Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition are powerful earth shaping forces. Students will make a scientific model to learn about these processes and how they can lead to the creation of a large geological feature like the Grand Canyon. Interested students can also share about their state fossil
Week 3: The Rock Cycle
In this week’s class, students will learn the basics of how the three types of rock form. They will make a scientific model investigating how each rock type, igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary, form. Interested students can also share about a rock that they name.
Week 4: Exploding Earth! – Volcanoes
Plate tectonics and volcanism are studied in tandem as student’s use their own homemade volcano to investigate how volcanism affects the shape of Earth’s surface and its atmosphere. In addition to volcanoes, students will model forces to explain the folding and other shapes of exposed rock layers.
Students will gain an understanding of weathering erosion, and deposition, volcanism, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle.
Students will learn important on topic vocabulary, including the meaning of the term “scientific theory”.
Students will learn lab technique.
Students will gain an understanding of the scientific method.
Students will learn about conducting field research.
Families and learners are welcome to share any information about their individual learning preferences and needs and instructor will make accommodations that are helpful to the class.
Materials List is available on the Teachable website. All materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.
To interact in class: Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Parents will need a Zoom account (free).
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