Lesson Plan #:AELP-GLG000
Submitted by: Jean Kyle, Blossom Gulch, Coos Bay, OR
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.
Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): 3, 4
OVERVIEW: One of the basic concepts of Earth Science is that the earth’s crust is continually changing. It can be built up or worn down slowly by natural forces or more quickly by people. In our area (coastal Oregon) this concept is relevant because of Mt. St. Helen’s recent violent eruption.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this activity package is to provide easy and enjoyable science activities and observations which will give students evidence, illustrations and visualizations for some of the changes in the earth’s crust. It will also develop in them an awareness of the importance of man’s role in sharing with nature in the changes to be made in the future.
OBJECTIVES: The student will be able to:
ACTIVITIES: The activities listed here are designed for 9-10 year olds. However, they can be used with all ages.
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: — JEOPARDY —
Divide the class into groups of three. Have each group brainstorm the answers to questions under the categories of volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, glaciers, and plate tectonics. Use the questions to form a Jeopardy Board (you may need to edit or write some questions, too). Depending on the make up and motivation of the group either draw or ask for volunteers to play the game. If interest is high, give additional students the chance to play by using teams rather than individuals or by playing a tournament.