Geology
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Content Map: Geology Content Map
CRCT Weight: 40%
CRCT Domain: Geology
Unit Standards:
  • S6E5 a. Compare and contrast the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core including temperature, density, and composition
  • S6E5 e. Recognize that lithospheric plates constantly move and cause major geologic events on the earth’s surface
  • S6E5 f. Explain the effects of physical processes (plate tectonics, erosion, deposition, volcanic eruption, gravity) on geological features including oceans (composition, currents, and tides)
  • S6E3 c. Describe the subsurface topography of the world’s oceans
  • S6E5 b. Investigate the contribution of minerals to rock composition
  • S6E5 c. Classify rocks by their process of formation
  • S6E5 d. and f. Describe processes that change rocks and the surface of the earth
  • S6E5 g. Describe how fossils show evidence of the changing surface and climate of the earth
  • S6E5 f. Explain the effects of physical processes (plate tectonics, erosion, deposition, volcanic eruption, gravity) on geological features including oceans (composition, currents, and tides)
  • S6E5 h. Describe soil as consisting of weathered rocks and decomposed organic material
  • S6E5 i. Explain the effects of human activity on the erosion of the earth’s surface
  • S6E5 j. Describe methods for conserving natural resources such as water, soil, and air
Content Descriptors: Geology Content Descriptors
Elementary Standards: Geology Elementary Standards
Unit Length: Estimated @ 11 weeks
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Content from State Frameworks: Geology Content from Frameworks

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EQ 1: How are layers of the Earth different from one another? (temperature, density, composition) (S6E5a.)                                                                       Back to Top

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EQ 2: How does the theory of plate tectonics explain the changes that occur on Earth? (S6E5e. and S6E5f.)                                                                        Back to Top

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EQ 3: How is the ocean floor like the surface of the Earth? (S6E5d)          Back to Top
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  • Write a story of a family who decides to live on the ocean floor. Where would they likely choose to live? What would be some challenges/advantages to living on the ocean floor? What areas would they be likely to avoid? Why?
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EQ 4: How are minerals identified? (S6E5b.)                                         Back to Top
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EQ 5: How do rocks change over time? (S6E5c. and S6E5d.)                      Back to Top
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EQ 6: How do rocks reveal secrets about the Earth? (S6E5g)                   Back to Top
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  • Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collection - This performance task on page 5 and 6 could cover essential questions 4, 5, and 6. Students are asked to plan and describe a rock, mineral, and fossil collection which could be made from materials in their own county plus two other counties. GRASPS task from state framework "Rocks and Minerals"
EQ 7: How do changes in the Earth’s surface occur over time? (S6E5f)      Back to Top
Activating Strategies: Three Little Pigs Cartoon - Have students view the cartoon and then make comments about what it means and why it might have happened? See academic coach for details
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EQ 8: How is soil formed? (S6E5h)                                                 Back to Top
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EQ 9: How does human activity affect the Earth's surface? (S6E5i and S6E5j)  Back to Top
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Date last edited: 09/15/2011

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