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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Science: an insert week on Earthquakes

Well, in science, I had planned a two lesson study on Earthquakes to go along with our San Francisco Earthquake studies from Tapestry of Grace. I'm coordinating history and science a bit this year, so we're actually inside of a unit study on, Flight, but I dropped this week in so we could study earthquakes . I already owned one simple book, Earthquakes, and thought a Bill Nye video would do the trick along with some simple notebooking. It was gonna be totally basic, but you know me and basic. I like simple, yet thorough,  better than basic. Well...since I have some extra time, I decided to beef up the earthquake study with a quick insert on the parts of the earth. This made for a great opportunity to throw in some geography/science/history all in one. I doo love to tie things in; I can't help it. Interdisciplinary is the way to go!
Students:
"Step-son" - 6th grade --- my neighbor who does a lot of summer school with us. He's in the group photo. lying in the sand. 
Ax Man - 4th grade
The Ant - 3rd grade
Alexander the Great - K
Materials:
Earthquakes (one copy of the glossary page for each student)
Look Inside the Earth, 
Bill Nye video 3 "parts" available free online
construction paper or card stock or notecards to make cards for your student (16 total pieces)
adhesive
drawing paper
coloring device (map pencils, crayons, markers, paint -- you decide)
paper and pencil
Lesson Plan:
Follow this order in however many days you need. We did this in 2 long science sessions of about 2 hours each.
Read Aloud Earthquakes pg. 1-22
Give children materials to draw diagram of earth on pg. 10.
While they draw, read from, Look Inside the Earth, 
I have owned, Look Inside the Earth, since my eldest (the 10th grader) was in first grade.  This book is a wonderful visual aid. Check out the book! Christian users may want to skip the first page, especially Young Earth Creationists. It talks about the earth's origin in a way that may be inconsistent with your faith. I have censored the book and since I read it aloud, it poses no problem. (I also find such things easy to explain away). I read, "...The Earth Begin?" through "...Fall off the Earth?"
You will read about natural resources from the earth and the different layers.

Dictate the a summary of what your read directly from, Earthquakes and  Look Inside the Earth. Here's what they added to their drawing as caption boxes:
An earthquake is when teutonic plates push together and the force breaks the earth.
Ax Man's Layers of the Earth diagram with dictated captions.
Snap Your Fingers! Push your fingers together. PUSH! PUSH! The snap is like a slipping rock, sending shockwaves.
The crust is the outside layer and is five to thirty miles thick. We see the crust as trees, rocks, and land. 
Underneath, the mantle is about 1,800 miles thick. The mantle gives us natural resources like coal, oil, and natural gas. 
The inner core may be solid, but scientists think the outer core is melted metal. The whole core is 4,300 miles across.
We watched the Bill Nye videos and discussed anything new. Nothing more necessary for this lesson. We'll build on the disaster side of earthquakes in our history studies.

AtG making vocabulary game cards.
I photocopied the glossary and we cut and pasted the terms from, Earthquakes pg. 46, so we could play go fish, memory, abc order, match up, etc. with the vocabulary from time to time. It's an easy, cheap, and useful way to review about earthquakes throughout the years.  Cut up the photocopy (or print on card stock) and glue to construction paper or note cards. 

I think we're going to make a "puzzle" of the earth's layers later today. I haven't made up my mind!

They walked around acting like they were in earthquakes all day!  

Simple. Fun. Effective. Hope you get around to some elementary school science this week!  

"Step-son's" Layers of the Earth diagram




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