Weekly Overview

Weekly Topics:

The focus of this week’s instruction is to strengthen writing skills by:

  • Describing the different ways tectonic plates move in an explanatory paragraph.
  • Creating a pamphlet about Earthquakes to answer common questions and provide general information.
  • Explaining how volcanos are formed by summarizing text evidence.
  • Explaining how changes in rocks over time occur in the rock cycle.
  • Writing a descriptive paragraph about a rock or other item in the rock cycle.

Lesson Overviews

  • LESSON 1: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to identify evidence of Earth’s layers and tectonic plates interacting to change the surface of the Earth.
  • LESSON 2: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to explain what causes earthquakes and how scientists measure earthquakes.
  • LESSON 3: Explain what occurs above and below Earth’s surface to form volcanoes.
  • LESSON 4: Students will describe what rocks are, explain the formation and characteristics of the three types of rocks, and explain the features and importance of the rock cycle.
  • LESSON 5: Students will describe how mountains are formed and identify different types of mountains.

Materials List

The following materials list will be used for the entire four weeks: Materials List.

Weekly Assessment

Student Print Materials

Student activities and print materials (if applicable) are included in the daily lesson plans.

Alternative Video Links

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