Reflection: Unit Planning Igneous Rocks I - Section 3: Graph


As the head of the Science Department at my school, there are certain lesson types and structures which we collectively agree should appear at least once a unit. One such structure we have in place is to have students complete a graph. Regardless of content or subject matter, a key component of every single unit we teach in the sciences in every grade has a lesson with a very strong graphing component. Obviously, as they get older, the graphs themselves become more complicated and less scaffolded (as is present in this graph and the included logarithmic scale), but there's also the opportunity to have students create graphs via computer programs or non-standard graph types. Overall, I feel graphing is an obviously essential skill, and this unit planning addition to our curriculum has really brought out some very strong benefits in terms of students' knowledge and skills with graphing in the sciences. 

  Unit Planning: Graphing
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Igneous Rocks I

Unit 1: Rocks & Minerals
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: SWBAT identify properties of igneous rocks and create a line graph demonstrating the relationship between cooling time and crystal size in igneous rocks

Big Idea: Students create a graph illustrating the relationship between cooling time and crystal size

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