Friday, October 3, 2014

#RESVT Podcast Episode 007: Grade 3 Geology Unit #RESReads #cesuvt #vted

In this episode of the #RESVT Podcast we "dig in" with third grade scholars as they start their Geology Unit and we also share some of the ways that Richmond Elementary School celebrates being a "Community of Readers."

Mentioned in the #RESVT Podcast is a video outlining some of the examples of erosion on the RES property:

Our third grade scholars are going to be using their Google Chromebooks to put together research and findings that they'll eventually share with students at Jericho Elementary School.  We're excited to see the learning to come!

Here's some of the curricular information from the Grade 3 Geology Unit:
Essential Questions:
1.* How can the properties of rocks and soil be described and compared?
2.* How does weathering affect the Earth's landscape over time?
3.* (Technology) How can I use digital tools to gather, organize, research, analyze and summarize data to draw a conclusion and propose a solution to an authentic audience?

Students will understand that...
1.* Our Earth is changing over time as a result of forces acting on it and its surrounding atmosphere.

Students will know...
1.* Earth materials are solid rocks, soils, water and gases of the atmosphere.
2.* Soil is made partly from plant remains and also contains many living organisms.
3.* Soils have properties of color and textures; in addition, some soils retain different amounts of water.
4.* Rock is composed of different combinations of minerals.
5.* Large rocks can be broken into small rocks.
6.* Rocks have properties of color, texture, and hardness. Rocks can be classified by their physical properties.
7.* Waves, wind, water and ice shape and reshape the Earth's land surface by eroding soil in some areas and depositing them in other areas.
8.* The varied Earth's materials have different physical and chemical properties, which make them useful in different ways, for example, as building materials, as sources of fuel, for growing the plants we use as food, or supporting animal life. Earth materials provide many of the resources that humans use.

Students will be able to...
1.* Recognize and identify the four basic materials of earth (i.e., rocks, soil, water and gases.)
2.* Observe, identify, and describe properties of soils and rocks.
3.* Conduct tests on how different types of soils retain water.
4.* Build models that simulate deposits of sediments (i.e., using a stream table).
5.* Investigate local land forms and compare them with models created in the classroom.
6.* Observe and describe properties of living and nonliving resources. Explain how these properties make the resources suitable for use by humans.
7.* Refer to and follow a detailed plan for an investigation.
8.* Clearly describe evidence and quantify observations with appropriate units.
9.* Record data at various points during an investigation by reporting what actually happens, even when data conflicts with expectations.
10.* Record the sequence in which events take place.
11.* Interpret patterns or trends in data.
12.* Provide a reasonable explanation that accurately reflects data.
13.* Identify differences between proposed predictions and experimental data.
14.* Connect the investigation or model to a real world example.
15.* Use the Science Writing Frames as a means to communicate their learning

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