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The Birth of Rocks

Rock Cycle & Earth's Processes

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

NGSS Standards covered: 4-ESS2-2 , 4-ESS3-2 , 4-ESS1-1 , 4-ESS2-1
This unit takes the perspective that every rock has a story. Students will develop an appreciation for the processes that shape the Earth’s surface. After considering where volcanoes form and how they erupt, they turn to investigations of rocks breaking apart and creating potential hazards. Through hands-on investigation, students explore the world of rocks and design ways of protecting humans from their dangers. Less
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  3. Assessments
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This 3-dimensional summative assessment includes a variety of visual cues and question prompts (multiple-choice, true/false, short answer). It should take 30-40 minutes for a student to complete.

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For your reference, these are all the assessments included at the end of each Mystery from this unit:

Mystery 1: Volcanoes & Patterns of Earth's Features

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Mystery 2: Volcanoes & Rock Cycle

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Mystery 3: Weathering & Erosion

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Mystery 4: Erosion, Natural Hazards, & Engineering

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