RUTH DOYLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Observe. Think. Wonder
This week we are focusing on one of the four spheres of Earth... the Geosphere! We will begin by learning about the layers of Earth and move into the concept of convection currents. This will help the students better understand the theory of Plate Tectonics and Earth's ever changing landscape.
The quiz over the "Geosphere" has been reschedule to next Friday, Sept 15. It will still cover the same topics and be worth 23 points! Students will receive a STUDY GUIDE later this week and will take home their lab journals before the quiz to help them study.
Week at a Glance:
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: "Geosphere: Layers of Earth"
Focus Question: What are the layers of Earth and how do they interact?
1 - ENGAGE: Layers of Earth Video
2 - Record first 3 vocabulary (including 3A - 3D) in science journal
3 - EXPLORE: Lab "Fruit or Earth?"
4 - EXPLAIN: Discuss lab and read 3D Science p. 80 - 88 (Layers of Earth)
5 - EXTEND: Diagram Layers of Earth (10 pts) / Bill Nye "Earth's Crust"
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: "Geosphere: Convection Currents & Plate Tectonics"
Focus Question: How does the interior of Earth affect the surface?
1 - ENGAGE: Picture of Pangea and short animation
3 - EXPLORE: Colorful Convection Currents Lab and Earth Puzzle
4 - EXPLAIN: Discuss lab and read 3D Science p. 80 - 88 (Convection Currents)
4 - Record vocabulary words 4 - 5 in science journal