Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Earth's Timeline - Section 3: Pebble in My Pocket


In this lesson, students are conceptually grappling with large time spans. I want my students to develop a sense of Earth time, so I try to reach out to multiple intelligences.

Reading the picture book and simultaneously developing a time line helps connect with multiple learning intelligences. When I read the book and discuss the events, I connect to my linguistic learners, selecting images with the students to include on our timelines, connects with my interpersonal learners, drawing the images and noting the dates connects with my visual / spatial learners and my logical / mathematical learners. Providing a rock to a lesser extent connects to my kinesthetic learners. Students can hold a rock, a physical object to connect to their learning.

To go a step farther, I could create more developed sensory learning experience by including video of volcanoes erupting and the sound of rain. Fun.

Finally the Earth Timeline lesson ties in with lessons in social studies on comparing the past with the present and making personal timelines.


  Diverse Entry Points: Why a Graphic Timeline?
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Earth's Timeline

Unit 4: Unit 4 - Surface Water and Landform Interactions
Lesson 17 of 18

Objective: SWBAT develop a schema that some of Earth's events happen over a huge lapse of time.

Big Idea: Students create Earth's timeline while listening to the story, The Pebble in My Pocket by Merideth Hooper.

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Science, erosion, landforms, water cycle, water
  90 minutes
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