Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA: Earth Changes (4th Grade)

This lesson is one about the changes that occur to our earth. It causes students to do research, then compare and contrast their results. It is a lesson in collaboration as well.
Course: 4th Grade Multiple Subjects
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Exercise

Grade Level: Fourth Grade

Lesson Title: Earth Changes

Objectives: 1. Students will discuss some of the causes of earth changes. 2.
Students will practice how to research the topic. 3. Students will compare and
contrast results with other areas of research. 4. Students will successfully
collaborate with each other.

CDE Science: Earth Sciences 5a: Students know some changes in the earth are due
to slow processes, such as erosion, and some changes are due to rapid processes,
such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.

CDE Language Arts: Research and Technology 1.5: Quote or paraphrase information
sources, citing them appropriately. 1.6: Locate information in reference texts
by using organizational features (e.g., prefaces, appendixes). 1.7: Use various
reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, card catalog, encyclopedia,
online information) as an aid to writing.

NETS: #7: Use telecommunications and online resources (e.g., e-mail, online
discussions, Web environments) to participate in collaborative problem-solving
activities for the purpose of developing solutions or products for audiences
inside and outside the classroom.

Website:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?topic=volcano


Anticipatory Set: Students will visit volcano site at
http://www.solarviews.com/eng/tervolc.htm

Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. Facilitate discussion. 2. Instruct as a research
activity. 3. Assess as needed to drive instruction. 4. Monitor the use of the
Internet. 5. This is a writing activity. 6. This not is a tech presentation
activity. 7. Use the KWL or Venn model.

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Actively question the instructor. 2. Use the Internet
in a responsible manner. 3. Write down observations in science journal. 4. Work
collaboratively with peers. 5. Partner read for fluency. 6. Create notes and
follow through with added research. 7. Type and revise findings in Word as
needed.

Assessment:Informal as needed with observations by teacher during class time.
Formal with the effort and achievement rubric. Also check for understanding
during activity. Final findings will be typed and critiqued by teacher.
Collaboration will be graded according to E/A rubric. Copyright 2004 Troy Tenhet
Jr.

Technical Notes

Need LCD projector and a live Internet feed. Also a word processor.

Requirements

Read and write at or around grade level. Follow instructions. Work collaboratively.

Topics

Science of Earth change, research, questioning, compare/contrast, collaboration.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will discuss some of the causes of earth changes. 2. Students will practice how to research the topic. 3. Students will compare and contrast results with other areas of research. 4. Students will successfully collaborate with each other.