Lesson Plans

These plans may change, and are provided to give you an outline of what we will be doing, more or less....
Lesson No. & Content  Activities
1 Weathering + Erosion  Read text p. 88

2 Sedimentary rocks I 
Experiment sect. 5.1
Model chemical weathering 
Read text 
complete concept map 
Refer to Internet site http://www.geocities.com/ulis_girl/ 
Homework Look at Sedimentary rocks activity on CDROM that comes with textbook.
3. Sedimentary rocks II  Model sedimentation  Experiment in text
Do Activities in text
Homework Look at Activities on CDROM
4 Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks  Read text, develop diagram regarding formation of igneous rocks
Read text develop flow diagram for the formation of metamorphic rocks
Compare pairs of parent and metamorphic rocks and put data in a table
Homework Look at activity on CDROM
(this could be two lessons)
E-homework do rock related section of earth web hunt.
5 Fossils I  Watch Dinosaur Cove video clip
How fossils are formed 
Read text
Develop a concept map
6 Fossils II  Model making a fossil  Using clay instead of plaster to make imprints
Which layer matches which? Internet sourced activity 
7 Fossils III  Dinosaur puzzles
What happened to the dinosaurs?
"Where can you see the sea?" activity sourced from
8 Fossils IV  Complete fossil modelling activity How has life on Earth developed? sourced from
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/ScotchmoorFirst.html  & "How the Earth Works."2
E-homework  do fossil related parts of earth webhunt
9 Radiocarbon dating
 How do we "know" how old fossils are? 
Model radioactive decay
Use Internet site activity with m&ms

10 Stars Observing the night sky (text )
Build a constellation model (Appendix designed by S.Mack from a diagram in "How the Universe works."2
11. How to use a star chart demonstration
12 The solar system  Heliocentric vs geocentric theories (text)
Students develop a time line, insert important developments at appropriate points
13 The moon I  Observation of the moon (text, discussion of rotation time of moon relative to revolution time , homework)
14 The moon II  Modelling & observation of the phases of the moon
(text, models)
15 The moon III  Computer room  lesson "Webhunt"

16 The moon IV
Modelling eclipses, A) as described in text
B) as described in "How the Earth Works"3
17 The moon V Tides [text, tides model (designed by S.Mack from a diagram in "How the Universe works.")]

18 The moon VI 
The next two lessons are reserved for text book activities/consolidation lessons
19 The moon VII  more
20 & 21 Look at how information can be presented to support contrasting points of view. Not in text.
Draw graphs using different scales so as to maximise or minimise differences ie "massaging data"
Examine how changing the scale of the axes can change ones interpretation of radiocarbon dating data.

22-24 (3 lessons)
develop an understanding of renewable and non-renewable resources (not in text) Library and Internet research to develop students' ability to present arguments about the future use of resources.
These lessons will be held both in the library and in the computer rooms.
Students will be provided with a list of "starter sites"