Reflection: Lesson Planning Catastrophes of the Past, Shape the Land of Today - Section 3: Explain


I frequently will design my lessons around geographic or historical places in our own state to teach science.  I do this for many reasons.  The first being, it demonstrates to my students that science is not a classroom subject.  It reaches beyond our classroom and in fact it starts outside of our classroom.  Secondly, it addresses many social studies standards that are required by my state. Also, it opens a world for students who may not have the opportunity to travel to these destinations a chance to explore their own state.  Perhaps, they will go home and tell their family and a weekend trip may be planned to visit. Last, it builds solid background knowledge for teachers that will teach these students after they are no longer Second Graders.  

While I believe it is important and critical to teach our students about the world outside of our homes, it is just as critical to expose them to the world they live in as well. Learning about both, helps to understand each element more deeply. 

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Catastrophes of the Past, Shape the Land of Today

Unit 9: Unit 8 - Earth's Past...How Did it Get Here?
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT read and listen to new information to learn about a past event that shaped the land of today.

Big Idea: One catastrophic event can quickly change the look and feel of the land for future generations over millions of years. This lesson exposes students to one event in their own backyards that shaped our landscape from Prehistoric to Modern times.

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