Reflection: Rigor Earth in Motion - Section 4: Oreo Plate Tectonics


There is a TON of information presented in this lesson. After looking over the students' lab booklets, I can see that many of them did not have the time to write the required information.

I asked a lot of these little guys and they did the best they could. The students were engaged with the lesson, and they worked hard to include what they could, but it was too fast and too much for one lesson.

So this is my plan for next time:

Day One:

Do pages 1-3. When students start to work with the plate tectonic pages, review and post what I expect the kiddos to write about. Provide time for students to discuss before writing. Connect to previous lesson, Earth's Timeline, especially the time lapse video of the plates moving. (Students could draw colored arrows to show the direction the plates are moving.

Day Two:

Review the oreo model. Then do pages 4-6 in the same format as 'day one'.

I would still have students choose one of the plate events to present. But rather than each student work in isolation, students would work with an expert group to present to the class.This way they have each other to help them check that they addressed all the required elements. They can develop visuals. The kiddos are owning the lesson.

In my typical class size this would be 6 students / group, with 4 expert groups. Depending on the class, I may need to find another topic so that the groups are smaller.

Day Three:

Expert groups present and we celebrate with oreos! Audience could have their booklets open to the page experts are presenting and students could label the fast and slow events, and/or highlight or underline with color. Then if I wanted to extend the learning, students could write an All About Book on a related plate tectonic topic.

Depth over breadth is always better. Or, be sure to plan your lessons, so that you do not need to end a topic because students are going on Spring Break!


  Depth and Breadth
  Rigor: Depth and Breadth
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Earth in Motion

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

Objective: SWBAT explain where and how volcanoes and earthquakes occur and some of the landforms that occur near plate boundaries.

Big Idea: Students learn about some of the slow Earth events that can create quick Earth events, such as volcanoes and earthquakes.

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Science, erosion, landforms, water cycle, water
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