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GRADE 7 SCIENCE PLANET EARTH-UNIT PLAN

Date

Lesson

Content

March.9th

1

Intro

March.10th

2

-Rocks
and
Mineral
Classific
ation

March.14th

3&4

-Mineral
Classific
ation Lab

GLE’s &
SLE’s
GLE 1
SLE 1.4
SLE 2.1

SLE 1.4
SLE 2.1

SLE 1.4
SLE 2.1

Activities
-2MW & Thinkpair-share
-Rocks Video Clip
(learnalberta.ca)
-Rocks & Mineral
Worksheet for
video
-Group Summary
Posters
-Summary Poster
Presentations
-Characteristics
of Mineral
Summary
-Characteristics
of Minerals debrief
-Mineral
Classification Lab
(stations)

Assessmen
t
Observations
-Probing

Materials
-Sticky Notes
-Rocks & Minerals Worksheet
-Poster Papers
-Markers
-Science 7 Focus Textbook pg. 354-357
-“Rocks” Video 4 min 20 sec (learnalberta.ca)

Observations
-Probing

-textbook
-Mineral Summary Worksheet (for poster
presentations)

-Observation
-Probing
-Mineral
Classification
Quiz & SelfEvaluation

- Mineral Kit
-10 streak plates
-10 nails
- 10 pennies
- 1 HCl
- 1 eyedropper
-Acid Neutralizer (Baking soda)
-gloves
-paper towel
-Station #’s
-Mineral Classification Worksheet & Chart

Date

Lesson

Content

March.16th

5

-Earth’s
Interior
Structure

March.17th

6

-Earth’s
Interior
Structure
Studying
Earth’s
Interior
Structure

March.21

th

March.22nd

7

-Classes
of Rocks

8

-Classes
of Rocks

GLE’s &
SLE’s
GLE 1
SLE 1.2
SLE 1.3
SLE 1.4
SLE 2.1

GLE 1
SLE 1.2
SLE 1.3
SLE 1.4
SLE 2.1

SLE 1.2
GLE 2
SLE 2.2
SLE 2.3

SLE 2.2
SLE 2.3

Activities
-Classification
Lab de-brief
-Khan Academy
“Structure of the
Earth” (video)
-Earth’s Structure
Worksheet
-Structure of
Earth video
debrief
-Research ways
geologists study
the Earth
(Seismographs,
coring, rock
cycle, Richter
scale)
-Earth’s Structure
Quiz
-Three types of
rock PowerPoint
slides
-Three different
types of rock
Worksheet
-Freeze frame
project (acting
out how each
type of rock is
formed)
-Freeze frame
presentations
-Freeze frame

Assessmen
t
-Observation
-Probing

Materials
-Earth’s Structure Worksheet
-Khan Academy
“Structure of the Earth” (video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AxZ6MOznY

-Observing
-Probing

-Science Focus Textbook
-Computer lab
-Bill Nye Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=tWQwYQqd36A
(12 min 5 sec)

-Observing
-Probing
-Earth’s
Structure’s
Quiz

-Three Types of Rocks PowerPoint Slides
-Three Types of Rocks Worksheet
-Freeze Frame information worksheets for
groups (one on each type of rock)
-Information Sheets for presentations (for
other students to fill in information)

-Observing
-Probing
-Freeze

-Freeze frame presentation check-list (one per
group)
-Information Sheets for presentations (for

debrief

Date

Lesson

Content

March.23rd

9

-Rock
Cycle

March.24th

10

-Rock
Cycle

GLE’s &
SLE’s
GLE 2
SLE 2.2
SLE 2.3
SLE 2.4

SLE 1.1
GLE 2
SLE 2.2
SLE 2.3
SLE 2.4

Activities

frame
presentation
check-list

-Starburst Rock
Cycle Lab

Assessmen
t
-Observing
-Probing

-Rock Cycle
Gizmo
-Rock Cycle
Gizmo worksheet
-Rock Cycle
Parody Song

-Observing
-Probing
-Rock Cycle
Gizmo
worksheet
due

other students to fill in information)

Materials
-3 different colours of Starbursts (per student)
-3 different coloured pencil crayons (represent
the different starburst colours)
-Heat plates
-Oven mitts
-Tongs
-Scissors
-Tin foil
-fan/fume hood (or do lab outside)
-Starburst lab worksheet
-Starburst lab for teacher
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=g93jXTUv_RQ
(6 min 49 sec)
-Computer Lab
-Rock Cycle Gizmo worksheet
-Rock Cycle Gizmo www.learnalberta.ca
-The Rock Cycle Parody Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=pxSQbdmMkU4
(2 min 37 sec)

Date

April. 4

th

Lesson

11 & 12

Content
Weatheri
ng
-Erosion

GLE’s &
SLE’s
GLE 1
SLE 1.1
SLE 2.3
SLE 2.4
GLE 3
SLE 3.4

Activities
-Rock Cycle Quiz
-3MW on
weathering and
erosion
-Erosion Video 5
min 9 sec
-Three different
types of
weathering
interactive
notebook

Assessmen
t
-Observing
-Probing
-Rock Cycle
Quiz

Materials
-Weathering and Erosion:Crash Course Kids #
10.2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIak3Wvh9c (4 min 5 sec)

-Erosion Bill Nye 5 min 9 sec
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JULcVdeqgE

April.5th

13

Weatheri
ng
-Erosion

SLE 1.1
SLE 2.3
SLE 2.4
GLE 3
SLE 3.4

-W.E.D Chant &
Actions
-Weathering &
Erosion
PowerPoint Slides

-Observing
-Probing
-Interactive
Notebook
due

W.E.D. Chant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=Gv8ZBOI73qA
W.E.D Chant Lyrics on PowerPoint
Why do Rivers Curve

-Why do rivers
curve Video
-Time Lapse
Video

Date

Lesson

Content

April. 6th

14

-Pangea
-Plate
Tectonics

GLE’s &
SLE’s
GLE 3
SLE 3.3
SLE 3.4

April.7th

15

-Plate
Tectonics
-Plate
Boundari
es

SLE 1.2
GLE 3
SLE 3.1
SLE 3.3
SLE 3.4

April.11th

16

-Plate
Boundari
es

SLE 1.2
GLE 3
SLE 3.1
SLE 3.3

Activities
-Weathering &
Erosion Quiz
-Pangea and
Orange Activity
(peel, rip, put
back together &
hold in place with
tooth picks)
-Pangea & Plate
Tectonics
PowerPoint Slides
-Plate Boundary
Group Activity:
Freezeframe/skit/poster

Plate Boundary
Group
Presentation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a3rcG8Wic (2 min 56 sec)
Time Lapse Photography
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=LaB3nKxPjiU
38 sec

Assessmen
t
-Observing
-Probing
-Weathering
& Erosion
Quiz

-Observing
-Probing

-Observing
-Probing
-Presentation
Check-list

Materials
-Navel Oranges (one per group of 3)
-Round tooth picks (6 per group)
-Plastic bag for toothpicks (1 bag per group)
-Paper towel (for each group)
-Play-dough (small ball per group)
-Pangea & Plate Tectonic PowerPoint Slides

-Poster paper
-Pens (for poster)
-Group Readings for presentations (Converging
& Subduction, Diverging, Transforming plate
boundaries)
-Information Sheets for presentations (for
other students to fill in information)
-Information Sheets for presentations (for
other students to fill in information)
-Check-list for Presentations

SLE 3.4

April.12th &
April 13th

17 & 18

Date

Lesson

April.14th

19

th

April. 18 &
April.19th

20 & 21

Mountai
n
formatio
n

GLE 1
SLE 1.1
GLE 3
SLE 3.1
SLE 3.2
SLE 3.3
SLE 3.4

Content

GLE’s &
SLE’s
GLE 1
SLE 1.1
GLE 3
SLE 3.1
SLE 3.2
SLE 3.3
SLE 3.4

Mountai
n
formatio
n
-Fossils
evidence
-Fossil
formatio
n

-Fossil
formatio
n
-Fossil
dating

GLE 4
SLE 4.1
SLE 4.2
SLE 4.3
SLE 4.4

-Pangea & Plate
Boundary Quiz
-Mountain
formation
research

Activities
-Re-cap mountain
formation
-3MW fossils
-Think-pair-share
-Fossil PowerPoint
Slides
-How are fossils
formed video
5min 46 sec

-Mountain
formation Quiz
-Fossil Group
Research
-Types of Fossils
-Absolute Dating
-Relative Dating
-Geological Time
Scale

-Observing
-Probing
-Pangea &
Plate
Boundary
Quiz

Assessmen
t
-Observing
-Probing
-Mountain
formation
research due

-Observing
-Probing
-Mountain
formation
Quiz

-Computer Lab
-Mountain Formation Research Worksheet
(working in groups)

Materials
-How are Fossils Formed video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EaL8ymVTo
(5 min 46 sec)
-Gummy Bears (2 per student)
- 2 loaves of white bread (2 piece per pair)
-Textbooks (for weight)
-Paper towel (put in between bread &
textbook)
-Fossil PowerPoint Slides
How are Fossils dated video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRWATOUJus
(4 min 4 sec)
-Geological Time Period (Toilet paper Demo)
-Information worksheets and readings for:
-types of fossils
-absolute dating
-relative dating

April.20th

22

April. 21st

23

Review

GLE 4
SLE 4.1
SLE 4.2
SLE 4.3
SLE 4.4

Unit
Exam

ALL

-Check gummy
bear fossils
-Recap of Fossil
Research
-Review games

Write Exam

-Observation
-Probing

Unit Exam

-geological time scale
-Science 7 Focus Textbook pg.4 18, 419 & 426
-Review Games
-Grudge ball
-soft ball
-wastebasket
-masking tape
-grudge ball rules
-white board markers
-white boards
Unit Exam