• THIS TRIMESTER IN SCIENCE ........

    ROCKS AND MINERALS

    ........ students will be involved in another science mystery titled Birth of Rocks: ​Rock Cycle, Erosion, & Natural Hazards. During this Mystery Science unit they will answer the following inquiry questions: Could a volcano pop up in your backyard? Why do some volcanoes explode? Will a mountain last forever? and How could you survive a landslide? 

     

    • During Mystery 1 while answering the question Could a volcano pop up in your backyard? students will analyze and interpret data from recent volcanic eruptions. They will use their findings as evidence for an argument​ that volcanoes are (or are not) likely to erupt in their backyard. Students will identify patterns ​about the location of the world’s volcanoes and use these patterns as evidence to support their argument about why a volcano may or may not erupt in their backyard.

     

    • During Mystery 2 while students are answering the question Why do volcanoes explode? students will conduct an investigation to construct an explanation​ for why some volcanoes explode and why some do not. Students will model​ thick and thin lava to conduct their investigations. Students will reason about the cause and effect​ of the type of lava (cause) and the nature of the eruption (effect) as well as the shape of the volcano (effect).

     

    • During Mystery 3 while students are answering the inquiry question Will a mountain last forever? students will conduct an investigation by modeling ​how rocks erode over time. Students will construct an explanation​ for why rocks erode. They will consider the cause and effect​ of ice and root wedging on rock as it is broken down into small pieces.

     

    • During Mystery 4 while students are answering the question How could you survive a landslide? students will design solutions​ to protect their “homes” from rock slides. They will argue​ for the merits of their design. Engineering​ a solution to landslide hazards depends​ on scientific knowledge​ about the causes of landslides.