RUTH DOYLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Observe. Wonder. Question
This week we are learning about the 4 systems or "spheres" of Earth and how they are interrelated. The 4 main spheres are: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Biosphere. We will begin the week with an overview of these systems and begin a 2 week study of the Geosphere.
The students will have a quiz over the "Geosphere" on Friday, Sept 8 for 23 points. Students will receive a study guide this Friday and can take home their lab journal to help them study for this quiz.
Week at a Glance:
MONDAY & TUESDAY: "4 Systems of Earth"
*Focus Question: Is Earth a system and if so what are it's features?
1- ENGAGE: The Earth as a system discussion & Earth Systems Interact Video
2 - Record "4 Systems of Earth" Definitions (6) and Circle Graph in science journal
3 - EXPLORE: "Earth System Map" and Teacher Notes
4 - Crash Course Video "Four Spheres"
5 - EXTEND: Earth Systems Observation Worksheet (12 pts)
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Geosphere: Layers of Earth & Movement of Tectonic Plates"
*Focus Question: How does Earth’s interior work and how does it affect the surface?
1 - ENGAGE: Layers of Earth Video
2 - Record first 3 vocabulary in science journal
3 - EXPLORE: Diagram Layers of Earth
4 - EXTEND: Colorful Convection Currents Lab - Use CER model for experiment.
5 - Record next 4 vocabulary in science journal
5 - EVALUATE: How did it get there? Worksheet (12 points)
FRIDAY: "Study Guide & Video" - "Just because I'm __________" writing prompt, pass out the Study guide for upcoming quiz "Geosphere" (Sept 8 - 23 points), Bill Nye Video "Earth's Crust"