Unit Plan Proposal-Plate Tectonics

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Plate Tectonics Unit Plan:

Plate Tectonics Unit Plan By Lilian Rubi

Content Standards (ELA/NGSS):

Content Standards (ELA/NGSS) Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS): HS-ESS1-5. Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the ability of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks. Examples include evidence of the ages oceanic crust increasing with distance from mid-ocean ridges (a result of plate spreading) and the ages of North American continental crust increasing with distance away from a central ancient core (a result of past plate interactions).] English Language Arts Standards(ELA): RST.11-12.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account. RST.11-12.8. Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.

Big Ideas, Unit Goals, & 21st Century Skills:

Big Ideas, Unit Goals, & 21 st Century Skills Big Ideas/Unit Goals: Students will have a general understanding of the unifying theory of plate tectonics and can answer the following questions: What is the theory of plate tectonics and what evidence do we have to support it? Why do the continents move, and what causes earthquakes and volcanoes? How can we use the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks? 21 st Century Skills Core Subjects and 21 st Century Themes: Global Awareness and Environmental Literacy: This unit provides understanding of academic content and promotes global awareness and environmental literacy of topics such as natural hazards. Learning and Innovation Skills: Communication and Collaboration: Working in groups will build up these skills and prepare them for today’s work environments. Information, Media and Technology Skills: ICT Literacy: Using Software programs to create presentations and assignments such as Word and PowerPoint will allow them to build valuable skills needed to succeed in a technology-driven environment. Life and Career Skills: Social and Cross-Cultural Skills: Working in groups will build up these skills and prepare them for today’s culturally diverse work environments.

Student Learning Objectives/Assessments:

Student Learning Objectives/Assessments Student Learning Objectives: Students will be able to explain the theory of plate tectonics and cite textual evidence to support it. Students will be able to evaluate various data sets, analyze the data, and collaborate with their peers to make connections and come up with a conclusion. Students will learn how to collaborate with their peers and how to present information as a group. Assessments: Entry-Level: Entry-Journals, Anticipation Guide. Formative: Quizzes, Plate Boundary Lab(Jigsaw Activity), Quizlet. Summative: Group Presentation, Unit Exam, Digital Exit Cards.

Learning Activities:

Learning Activities Plate Boundary Lab(Formative Assessment): This is a jigsaw style activity where students work in different groups during the exercise. Each group will be given the task of a certain scientist(i.e. volcanologist, geographer, etc.) and a Tectonic Plate name( i.e. North American Plate, Pacific Plate, etc.) and have different combos for each student. Then they will be mixed at random and given a world map that goes with their specialty( i.e. volcanologists will have a map with volcano locations, geographers will have a topography map, etc.). Then each student will go through the lab( it will take a few class periods) and finally they will take all the information they learned and create a group presentation about their plate boundaries. The final step will be an overall class discussion. Digital Exit Slips(Summative Assessment): After a lesson my students will spend the last couple minutes on their Chromebooks or phones responding to a digital exit slip which I will create on Google Forms. This way I can monitor their understanding and I will be able to view their responses immediately and digitally instead of lugging around dozens of half-sheets of paper. I can also use these slips to activate student’s previous knowledge.

Why Plate Tectonics?:

Why Plate Tectonics? I chose plate tectonics because it is one of the most important theories in earth science. Without the knowledge of this theory we would have no explanation on how the Earth’s crust is structured and how it moves over the Earth’s mantle. This movement results in earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains being built, and crust being ripped apart. As a result, knowing how the ground moves underneath us is important, especially when we are trying to prepare for natural hazards. Also it is amazing and humbling to see what mother earth can do. This is a good topic to create a technology-rich unit plan because students will have to use a variety of software programs to complete their assignments and presentations(i.e. PowerPoint, Word) and will have to complete a digital exit slip and use Quizlet as a study tool for their Unit Exam.

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