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Unit 5

I will be able to identify the layers of the earth.  I will also be able to demonstrate the tectonic plate theory.  I will be able to summarize the rock cycle, weathering, and erosion.  I will demonstrate the relationship between different geological processes and how they affect the landscape and related environments of the earth.

Lesson 1 - Geology

Big Question : How did people's understanding of what was happening on the Earth's surface change over time?

Word of the Day : dense

Preview and discuss the areas of study

Preview vocab & read chapter 1

Match evidence cards

Lesson 2 - Earth's Layers and Plates

Big Question : How do tectonic plates and the Earth's layers interact to change the surface of the Earth?

Word of the Day : crust

Introduce comma usage & practice

Introduce suffix -ly and practice

Read and discuss chapter 2

Lesson 3 - Earth's Layer and Moving Plates

Big Question : How do tectonic plates and the Earth's layers interact to change the surface of the Earth?

Word of the Day : exert

Review similes and practice

Read the chapter excerpt and complete the chart

Draft a detailed explanation of a simile

Lesson 4 - Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Big Question : What happens beneath the earth's surface to cause earthquakes?

Word of the Day : fault

Read the excerpt and discuss

Practice comma usage and suffix -ly

Introduce informational pamphlet

Lesson 5 - Earthquakes and Tsunamis

What happens beneath the Earth's surface to cause earthquakes?

Word of the Day : trigger

Cite information from chapter 3

Take notes on tsunamis

Draft info

for a tsunami pamphlet

Lesson 6 - Volcanoes, Geysers, and Hot springs

Big Question - How do scientists determine where volcanoes might develop?

Word of the Day : fine

Read chapter 4 and define dormant, extinct, and active 

Practice quotation marks and commas in dialogue

Identify root "rupt" and practice

Lesson 7 - Myths and Volcanoes

Big Question : How do volcanic myths help explain volcanic activity?

Word of the Day : lofty

Read chapter 5

Practice taking notes on WB p72

Preview Wiki entries & rubric

Lesson 8 - Three types of rocks and the rock cycle

Big Question - How can changes in rocks over time be explained by the rock cycle?

Word of the Day - class

Lesson 9 - Rocks and the rock cycle

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Lesson 10 - Weathering and Erosion Pt 1

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Lesson 11 - Weathering and Erosion Pt 2

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Lesson 12 - Mountains

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Lesson 13 - Under the sea part 1

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Lesson 14 - Under the sea part 2

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Read chapter 6

Practice taking notes and organizing information

As a team, create a wiki entry