Rocks and The Rock Cycle

To understand the processes by which rocks are formed define the 3 major groups of rocks.

The Rock Cycle is the process by which all rocks are formed and how basic Earth materials are recycled through time.

To illustrate the rock cycle and the 3 main types of rocks with crayons.

To demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary associated with the formation of rocks.

Plate Tectonics

Students should be able to:

  • Use provided manipulative to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of plate movement found along tectonic boundaries
  • Model the geologic features corresponding to different plate boundary movement
  • Using appropriate hand gestures develop a memorable way to differentiate between the three types of plate boundaries. (–not limited to just hands…)

Phases of the Moon Lab

Understand: The moon revolves around Earth creating the moon phases (and eclipses). From earth, we see only one side. I

Students should be able to identify and name the phases of the moon.



The student will investigate and understand how to identify minerals based on physical and chemical properties.

Key concepts include hardness, color, streak, luster, cleavage and fracture.

Materials & Resources

set of mineral samples – to include at least quartz, talc, feldspar, gypsum, fluorite, calcite                             

streak plate, steel nail, penny, glass plate, a fingernailJ


Our Solar System

TSWBAT describe the properties of the terrestrial planets and gas giant planets.

TSWBAT identify the unique nature of the planet Pluto

TSWBAT compare Earth with the other planets of our solar system.


Meteorology: Weather Watch Activity, Graph and Analyze Data

Students will graph and analyze weather data.              Materials & Resources

Unit Organizer: Meteorology: The scientific study of weather.

Vocabulary Words: completed using Linking Strategy

Slot Outline Notes from power point presentations.


Pencil, colored pencils

Weather report page from local newspaper: all the same (one paper per group) &/or Data from Internet with one computer per group or information projected on screen in front of room

Worksheets with assignments




The student will investigate and understand how to read and interpret a road map of Virginia. (direction & measurements of distance; location of latitude & longitude; scales; diagrams). The student will identify that a road map is one of the types of specialized maps used today.

Climate and Zone

Climate activity, working with partner

Plate Tectonics/Continental Drift

Plate Tectonics Lab


  • Jigsaw activity with the layers of the atmosphere and teach the class about each layer
  • Construct pie charts of the atmospheres of different planets and the 3 different Earth atmospheres over history
  • Fill in notes
  • Present the answers to the class about their layer in the atmosphere

Write 3 sentences about what they have learned today that they didn’t know before