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Lesson Plan: Erosion

Science

Grades 4-6

Google Docs

Google Sites

Contributor: 

Ronna Van Veghel

Google Certified Teacher

Table of Contents

Overview

Materials

Instructions

Related Links

Video Tutorials

Evaluation

Standards

Overview

After studying erosion, students will create a multimedia product that demonstrates their understanding and skills in science and information and communication technologies.

Materials

  • Print and digital information on erosion
  • Computers with access to Google Docs and Google Sites

Instructions

Handouts for class:

Name      ___________________         Teacher     _______________

  • Have you ever noticed an area around your school that looks worn away? Every time it rains the spot gets larger.
  • Have you noticed where the water goes when it rains on the playground?
  • Where does the water go when it rains around your home? Or in Town? Or at school?

 

 

You are an erosion control officer.  You have been asked to identify an area around your home, or town, or school that shows signs of erosion.  Your job is to think about who should know about this area and what information they would need in order to fix this problem.   

 

You will need to decide the best way to communicate the following:

  • Who is your audience and why did you pick them?
  • Where is the erosion?
  • What are the signs that erosion has happened?
  • If the erosion continues, what will this area look like in the future?
  • What steps would you suggest to help solve the erosion problem?
  • Use the attached checklist and RUBRIC to help you develop your project! 

 


Name_________________               Teacher _____________________

 

Erosion Project Checklist- Step One

Choose an Erosion Area

Complete the following questions.

1. The erosion area I chose is

 _____________________________________________.

2.  What are some signs/ evidence that erosion is happening?

____________________________________________________

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3. Who should know about this area?  This will be the audience that you will be writing to.

My audience is: ________________________________________

Please ask a teacher to sign this page before going to step 2.

Teacher signature ___________________________________

 


Name__________________             Teacher_________________

Erosion Project Checklist- Step Two

Research

Using one print resource or one internet based resource, identify a real world example of erosion.

You will need to: 

1.   Use one book or internet source

2.  Collect research notes that:

1.   provide examples of how areas of erosion have been slowed down or stopped.

2.   compare/contrast a real world example to your area of erosion.  You can use a graphic organizer to help you.

3.  Complete the correct citation format on the next page


Research Questions:

What are some ways that I can slow down or stop the area from eroding further?       

How is my area of erosion similar or different from an area of erosion located outside of New Canaan?

BOOK: (Source number)  _______    Print ____  or  Digital ______

Author: __________________, ___________________________

                             (Last name)                                ,           (First name)

Title: ____________________________________________________

Copyright Date: _________________

Research Notes:

INTERNET: (Source number)  ____________

  Title of Website: _____________________________________

  URL:http://: ______________________________________

  Date of Access: (today’s date) ____________________________

Research Notes:

Please ask a teacher to sign this page before going to step 3.

Teacher signature ___________________________________


Name__________________             Teacher ________________

Erosion Project Checklist- Step Three

Prediction and Solution

Step Three

1.  If erosion continues, what will this area look like in the future

____________________________________________________

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2.  Identify steps to help solve the erosion problem (This may require a second round of research to locate a potential solution)

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

Please ask a teacher to sign this page before design your presentation.

Teacher signature ___________________________________


You are now ready to:

Create the Multimedia Presentation

In order to communicate about your area you will need to create a Google Presentation, Google Site, Smart NoteBook file or PhotoStory

DON’T Forget to plan!!

  1. Completed StoryBoard and Pre-Writing sections
  2. Use the checklist below to create an effective presentation:
  1. Fonts are consistent, readable, and appropriate?
  2. Digital picture(s) or drawing(s) is inserted into the presentation
  3. Picture is annotated with descriptive notes
  4. Graphics and text are placed appropriately on the pages/slides that match the storyboard 
  5. Work Cited is included


Name__________________             Teacher _________________

 

Presentation Checklist- Step One

Select a Presentation Style

 

Please complete the following questions:

 

I choose to present my project using

 

 

because __________________________________________________________

 

Presentation Checklist- Step Two

Digital Picture

1.   Take a digital picture of your area of erosion or create an original digital drawing of your area of erosion

2.  Save your digital picture or digital drawing to your network folder

 

Please ask a teacher to sign this page before you go to the next step.

Teacher signature ___________________________________


Name__________________             Teacher ________________

Erosion Project Checklist- Step Three

Pre- Writing

In complete sentences or bullet list write the full text for each slide. This should be handwritten onto the storyboard and/or typed into a word processor directly.

Checklist Criteria for Writing:

1.   Clearly describes evidence of erosion

2.  Explains how erosion happens and what it looks like using scientific language and vocabulary

3.  Describes possible predictions of what will happen over time if this erosion continues

4.  Educates the audience on prevention that could reduce or stop erosion and applies it to their example of erosion.

5.  Communicates effectively the effect of using preventative measure.

 

Please ask a teacher to sign this page before you go to the next step.

Teacher signature ___________________________________


Create a StoryBoard

Plan your presentation using a Storyboard template

 

A Google doc can be created for the students to ask questions and answer each other's questions.

Related Links

A Google form can be used for student feedback and reflection. A sample can be found here:http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cFNxeUFoMzRBdXRyMVAydlo4RWNPS0E6MA..

Sample project - Google Presentation: http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=dgf2845j_0chfm88fz

Video Tutorials

Google Sites

Sites overview 

How to create a Google Site

How to share a Google Site 

How to add media to a Google Site

Google Docs

How to create a new Google Presentation

How to add media to a Google Presentation 

How to share a Google Doc

How to create a Form in Google Docs

How to send a Form to participants

How to view Form responses

Evaluation

 

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Understanding

Major misunderstandings or misconceptions are presented

 

 

 

 

 

Incomplete understanding of erosion and/or the explanation contains some misconceptions

 

 

 

Has a complete understanding of erosion and uses some details and/or examples in their explanation

 

 

Has a complete understanding of erosion and uses details and examples in the explanation

 

Prediction

Does not provide a reasonable prediction

 

 

 

 

Provides a general prediction with some explanation

 

Provides  a reasonable  prediction and some explanation

 

 

 

 

 

Provides a reasonable prediction and clear explanation using evidence or research.

Solution

Selects a solution that does not prevent or reduce the affects of erosion.

 

 

Selects a solution to prevent or reduce the affects of erosion but it is not the most effective solution.

 

Selects the solution that is the most effective for preventing or reducing the affect of erosion but does not completely explain why it is the most effective solution.

Selects a solution that is most effective for preventing or reducing the affect of erosion and accurately explains why it is the most effective solution

 

 

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Student applies digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information from print and non-print sources.

Research does not include useful sources of information, notes do not answer the research question, and citations are not included.

 

1.     Identifies no useful sources in any format

2.     Locates and records incomplete information which does not answer the research question

3.     Notes are messy, hard to read, and disorganized

4.     Citations not included

Locates a useful source of information, records notes, and cites sources.

 

1.     Identifies 1 useful source in any format

2.     Locates and records a lot of information that does not directly answer the research question

3.     Notes are messy and difficult to read

4.     Some sources are cited using incorrect format

Independently locates mostly useful sources of information, neatly records and organizes notes that answers most of the research question, and cites most of the sources using the correct format.

1.     Identifies mostly useful sources in print and non print formats

2.     Locates and records information which answers most of the research question

3.     Organized notes and most were neat and easy to read

4.     Cited  most sources in the correct format

Independently locates print and non-print sources of useful information, neatly records and organizes notes that answer the research question, and cites all resources using the correct format.

1.     Identifies useful sources in at least 1 print and 1 online resource

2.     Locates and records information which answers the research question

3.     Organizes neat easy to read notes

4.     Cites all sources in the correct format

 

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Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations.

Utilizes with guidance digital tools to create sections of a multimedia presentation

 

1.     With guidance, inserts a digital picture into a multimedia presentation

 

2.     With guidance, inserts text into a multimedia presentation

 

Accesses and utilizes digital tools with guidance to create a multimedia presentation

 

1.     With guidance, browses networks to locate, access, and save digital pictures and files

2.     With guidance, integrates pictures and text in a multimedia presentation

3.     With guidance, annotates digital graphics

4.     With guidance, selects readable fonts

Independently accesses and utilizes digital tools to create a multimedia presentation.

1.     Browses networks to locate, access, and save digital pictures and files

2.     Integrates pictures and text in a multimedia presentation

3.    Annotations are included with graphics

4.     Fonts are readable

Independently accesses and utilizes digital tools to create an effective multimedia presentation.

1.     Browses networks to locate, access, and save digital pictures and files

2.     Integrates pictures and text in a multimedia presentation

3.    Annotations enhance presentation images

4.     Adequate font choices, sizes, and styles are appropriate

Standards

4.3.a. Water circulates through the Earth’s crust, oceans and atmosphere.

1. Describe the role of the sun’s energy (i.e., heating and cooling) in the continuous cycling of water between the earth and the atmosphere through evaporation, condensation and precipitation.

2. Use models to demonstrate that topography causes precipitation landing on earth to move in streams and rivers from higher to lower elevations.

3. Design and conduct simple investigations to determine how moving water (flowing downhill or in ocean waves) causes changes to the land, the coastline or the course of a stream or river.

4. Pose testable questions and employ simple equipment and measuring tools to collect data about factors that affect erosion (e.g., type of earth material in an area, volume of moving water, slope of land, vegetation coverage).

5. Present evidence to support a scientific claim about the relationship between the amount and speed of moving water and the size of earth materials moved (e.g., silt, pebbles, boulders).

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