Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Development of the Land - Section 4: Explore


Accuracy of Timeline Information

As students researched how farms, houses, cars, factories, and trains changed the Earth I quickly realized this was not as straight forward as I had planned.  Students began coming up to me saying that they were finding several different dates or as I circulated to questions about dates I would see information that did not seem accurate to me.  I had students show me what research they were finding and what sites they were searching on.   They were finding accurate information, but the issue was that some of it did not say where the farming or the homes were located.  I wanted students to look up when these items arrived here in America because I was trying to make the connection to what we were learning in Social Studies (for example, Mound Builders were some of the first farmers).  Since some information did not give locations I couldn't tell them it wasn't accurate.    

When I was planning this lesson I had an idea of what I thought the order would be.  I assumed that farming would have started first, then homes, then factories, trains, and cars.   The groups ended up with houses being first, then farms, cars, factories, and trains.  I did my own research after using key phrases such as "first house in America" and "first train in America" and found years that I believe are more accurate then what they found.  I found that farming was around 8000BC, first houses as we know them today was 1607, first factory was 1790, first train 1804, and first car 1885.  

If I were to do this over, I would let them know that including "in America" may provide more accurate information.  I would also have each group create their own timeline instead of compiling one for the whole class.  This will give us the opportunity to discuss any differences between them.

  Accuracy of Timeline Information
  Student Led Inquiry: Accuracy of Timeline Information
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Development of the Land

Unit 5: Earth and Human Activity
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT create a timeline illustrating how humans have caused change to the land over time.

Big Idea: Students will develop a list of things that have changed the land throughout time, then work in groups to create pictures of the changes and put them in order by date to create a timeline.

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Science, Conservation of Energy, Renewable Energy, earth, recycling, community, pollution, resources
  60 minutes
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