Assignment 1

Selection of a Curriculum Area and Grade for Assignments

For the focus of my assignments I have chosen to work with the curriculum from the British Columbia Integrated Resource Package, Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Crust, Science 7.

Prescribed Learning Outcomes

It is expected that students will:

  1. compare the characteristics of the Earth’s core, mantle, and crust, and describe the formation of rocks
  2. analyse the dynamics of tectonic plate movement and landmass formation
  3. explain how the Earth’s surface changes over time

Suggested Achievement Indicators

It is expected that students will compare the characteristics of the Earth’s core, mantle, and crust, and describe the formation of rocks.

Students who have fully met the prescribed learning outcome are able to:

  • accurately list the characteristics of each layer of the Earth
  • construct a flow chart to explain in detail the geological processes involved in forming minerals and rocks
  • catalogue the properties of rock and mineral samples (e.g., cleavage, colour, crystal habit, fracture, hardness, lustre, and streak) on the basis of a detailed examination

It is expected that students will analyse the dynamics of tectonic plate movement and landmass formation.

Students who have fully met the prescribed learning outcome are able to:

  • explain how earthquakes have helped scientists understand the Earth’s structure (e.g., primary and secondary seismic waves)
  • detail the effects of earthquakes, volcanoes, and fault boundaries on the Earth’s crust
  • model tectonic plate movement to show convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries

It is expected that students will explain how the Earth’s surface changes over time

Students who have fully met the prescribed learning outcome are able to:

  • explain how scientists use the placement and position of an object to infer the time of events (e.g., superposition)
  • illustrate how fossils come to be associated with sedimentary rock
  • report on how fossil record is used to identify Millennium changes in the Earth’s surfaces

I chose this unit to focus on because I am genuinely interested, and sometimes excited, about the topic of Earth and Space Science. A couple of years ago,  I taught this unit and found it very difficult to locate resources at that time. It interests me to see if I can have a different experience as a teacher-librarian, and improve on the experience a teacher may have when trying to locate resource.  Also, I have a colleague who will be teaching her class about earthquakes and she would like to approach it from a literary and human experience point of view, and I am interested to support her with my work in this area.

Works Cited

Province of British Columbia Ministry of Education, (2005). Science grade 7 from integrated resource package 2005 (QP 427508). Retrieved from British Columbia Ministry of Education website: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/pdfs/sciences/2005scik7_7.pdf

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One comment

  1. Anne Letain · · Reply

    If you broaden the scope of this topic to more generalized physical sciences, you may find doing some of the subsequent assignments somewhat easier to complete. Jim Anderson is also doing the same topic and it might be worth e-talking with him especially over some of the electronic materials.

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