Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tools of Earth Science

My first unit this year is shaping up something like this:

1.  What is the Earth? - basic facts about the planet
2.  What tools do scientists use to study the earth?

To cover #1 it's usually a pretty cut and dry quiz with matching or short answers.
To cover #2 I break down what skills I need my kids to know:

  • Qualitative vs. Quantitative observations
  • Inference vs. Observations
  • The Metric System and Conversions
  • Measure mass, volume and distance in metrics
  • The process of the scientific method
The unit is broken down into short lectures with accompanying notes and then a practice sheet for homework.  After lecture days there is a lab or activity which incorporates 1 or more of the skills that were covered in lecture.  We'll see how much I change up this year once the school year gets underway.


  1. sounds like you are giving them every chance to learn. By lecture, by practice, and by hands on activities. Lets see how it turns out!

  2. I'll be interested in hearing how you do!

  3. Really interesting :)
    Hope you'll be fine with your kids :)

  4. i wish you would post something cool that would actually be new to someone who payed attention in school