THIS TRIMESTER IN SCIENCE ........
........ 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.