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Lesson Plan Template: Hackett 2014

Teacher Candidate: Hannah Tubbs

School: SUNY Plattsburgh

Date: November 13, 2014

Subject: Earth Science

Grade Level: 8th

Unit/Lesson Title/Number: Introduction to Clouds

Lesson Context and Central Focus: Include authentic connection(s)

Class Profile:
Consider what students know (prior knowledge), what they can already do, what they are learning to do,
what you know about their experiences, cultural backgrounds, and interests.
Things to include in the next lesson plan
This class is the accelerated science class so they really enjoy spending the quality time that they need on the
material to understand it. This is an 8th grade class that is concentrated in 9th grade Earth Science materials.
These students will be taking both the 8th science test as well as the Earth science regents at the end of the
year. The age range of these students is 14-15 years of age. There are 8 males in this class and 12 females in
this class. None of these students are English language learners, but all are gifted students as they are in an
accelerated Earth science class. None of these students have IEP or 504 plans, and there are no students
within this class that are struggling readers. Some do struggle a little more with the content and have to put a
little more effort in then others, but all students are doing exceptionally well within the class.

content standards
Common Core

Lesson 1:
1.Standard 4: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and
theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the
historical development of ideas in science

1.2j Geologic history can be reconstructed by observing sequences of rock types and
fossils to correlate bedrock at various locations.

Lesson Plan Template: Hackett 2014

(Include CC
Literacy Standards)

Geologists have divided Earth history into time units based upon the fossil record.
Age relationships among bodies of rocks can be determined using principles of
original horizontality, superposition, inclusions, cross-cutting relationships, contact
metamorphism, and unconformities. The presence of volcanic ash layers, index
fossils, and meteoritic debris can provide additional information.

Next Generation Science Standards & STEM:


21st Century Skills

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

The geologic time scale interpreted from rock strata provides a way to organize
Earths history. Analyses of rock strata and the fossil record provide only relative
dates, not an absolute scale. (MS-ESS1-4)

Learning and Innovation Skills

Communication and collaboration

Students will need to collaborate and communicate with one another throughout the
lesson in order to understand the order of ages throughout the classroom.
While working within groups they will have time to communicate and collaborate as

Label :
(Blooms Taxonomy)

1. Students will be able to identify the different types of clouds

2. Students will be able to determine which clouds belong at which elevations
3. Students will be able to draw out each cloud that we go over
Evidence: Students have a formative worksheet that instructs them to define, draw and
determine the names of all clouds

Must be numbered

*Could be collected for
and/or auditing

Objective 1:

Students have a formative worksheet that instructs them to define, draw and
determine the names of all clouds
The cloud activity will allow students to see the

Objective 2:

Students have a formative worksheet that instructs them to define, draw and
determine the names of all clouds

Objective 3:

Students have a formative worksheet that instructs them to define, draw and
determine the names of all clouds

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Teacher input,
method(s), modeling,
guided practice,
independent practice,
and/or activities

Label: Bell Ringer

Also may be called:
set induction,
anticipatory set,
Do Now, Write Now,
Silent Starter

Identify one language function essential for students within your central focus and
include the corresponding learning task(s).

Do Now: Creation of Sedimentary Rocks (CSE) (21st)

Students will be go to the third page of their a question review sheet and answer a few
questions about sedimentary rocks- including drawing pictures, and creating a picture
of their very own fossil-5 minutes

Transition: The teacher will present a picture of stratigraphic map and ask students to
raise their hand and answer the question of which rock is the oldest. (CSE)
Vocab Stop: The teacher will then define the law of superposition on the board and
ask his/her students to place these two definitions into their Earth Science Vocab
section of their binder. (Auditory)-5 Minutes (CSE)
The teacher will begin to explain the concept of Law of superposition and relative age.
A quick power point slide show will be used to display vocab and other visuals. -5
minutes (visual, auditory)

Label: Transitions

Activity: Classroom Age Stratigraphic Map (21st) (CSE)

visual, auditory, and
Accommodations for
learning modalities

The teacher will ask the students to take a look at the front of the classroom where
there will be a large stratigraphic map presented on the board. There will be enough
rock beds for each student in the class.
The teacher will pass out a mini version of the Classroom Age Stratigraphic Map
The teacher will ask the students to fill in their sheet, while we fill out the large poster,
crayons should be provided for them to color each layer.

Checks for
and/or content
(formative) Ex. (CFU

The teacher will ask the students to group together with the number on the top right
corner of their Classroom Age Stratigraphic Map worksheet.
The teacher will ask every student who is over the age of (Certain age) to raise his or
her hand. Once we figure out the oldest student, they will go write their name in the
lowest rock bed.
The students will be asked to place their name on the next lowest rock bed and name it
Name-Rock for example, Hannah-Rock

Label: Evidence of
21st Century Skills

While each student is going up to write their name on the board in chronological order,
the class will have a mini version of the poster in front of them.
The teacher will reinforce students to copy down the names as we go through them.

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Evidence of
Cognitive Student
Engagement (CSE)


The students will also be reminded to use crayons to color in each name/rock bed to
divide them more visually.
The students will then collaborate together to figure out the rest of the map and when
completing the map they will be able to figure out who is the oldest. -15 minutes
(visual, auditory, and kinesthetic)

Check for Understanding: The teacher will ask students to recite how we know
which person is oldest in the classroom, and making the connection to understanding
the principle of superposition. (CSE)
Closure/Practice: The teacher will stay in the four groups based on the Classroom
Age Stratigraphic Map. (21st . (CSE)
The teacher will ask students what is the basic idea to remember ageing in a
stratigraphic map. Bottom: Oldest Top: Youngest
The students will work in groups on a stratigraphic map and label the rock beds from
oldest to youngest for the remainder of class-10 minutes

Label formative or
summative, describe
purpose, and provide

1. Formative: Students will answer the do now based on sedimentary rocks and fossils that
will be handed in and assessed for understanding of content. Students will be graded with a
pass or fail and will be given the correct answer if they are incorrect.
2. Formative: Students will be working in groups to age a stratigraphic map. The teacher will
be looking for the correct numbers for the age of bedrocks. If they do not complete with in
the designated class time they will finish it for homework. Will be graded on a pass or fail
basis, will be given feedback if there answers are incorrect.

Type: PowerPoint
Describe type and
purpose. Include a
back-up plan.

Purpose: Provide definitions, pictures, and directions for activities

Back-up Plan: Verbally provide definitions, and directions for activities

required for the

Academic Language:
Introduced: Within the lesson and the do now & mini lesson
Practiced: Writing down the words in their vocab stop packets

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How will the language
be introduced,
practiced, & assessed?

Assessed: In homework, students will be asked create a map that assesses the law of

ELL considerations:
Student Supports,
Interactions with
and/or Support

Accommodations for students with IEPS and/or 504s:

Colleague Collaboration:


Very large poster board, various colored markers and crayons, mini version of the
Class Stratigraphic Map, worksheets with stratigraphic maps

Time Required
40 Minutes

Include key instructional materials and written assessments. Provide citations for materials that you did not create