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Earth Science Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

Few scientific fields are as expansive as Earth science. In this lesson plan, your students will not only learn the vocabulary necessary to describe Earth science, but also how to analyze the importance of the field.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Identify the divergent branches of Earth science
  • Analyze the importance of Earth science both in the everyday and in the extraordinary

Length

40 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.10

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Key Terms

  • Earth science
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Astronomy
  • '-ology'
  • Volcanology
  • Seismology
  • Limnology

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