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Rock Cycle Color-by-Number
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Rock Cycle Color-by-Number

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This product is a color-by-number activity that allows students to answer questions and complete statements related to the rock cycle. And YES- even secondary students love to color! This could be used as a quick assessment, a homework assignment, extra credit, or for early finishers. © Science Teaching Junkie. Terms of Use - this resource is for use by one teacher only. Additional teachers must purchase their own license. If you are interested in purchasing several licenses, please contact me for a district-wide or campus-wide quote. ScienceTeachingJunkie@yahoo.com
Reuniting Pangaea- Continental Drift Lesson
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Reuniting Pangaea- Continental Drift Lesson

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In this 2 part-lesson, students will collect data on fossil evidence and create their own landmass map with various colors to represent the locations of fossil discoveries. Then, they will cut out the landmasses and reassemble them logically to create a giant supercontinent (Pangaea). Students will share their decision and reasoning on the evidence with their group or partner, along with answering 4 conclusion questions. The teacher will post the correct landmass model key and students will glue their Pangaea into their science notebook. On Day 2, the teacher will read a passage on Alfred Wegener. Students will receive 10 sentence strips from the teacher and will use context clues to sequence the strips to create a timeline representing the historical development of the plate tectonic theory. At this point, the class can have a gallery walk and discuss the event sequence (optional). The lesson will conclude with students answering conclusion questions over the 2-day lesson and writing a summary in their science notebook describing the historical evidence that supports the plate tectonic theory.
Daily Science Starters for Middle School - Earth and Space
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Daily Science Starters for Middle School - Earth and Space

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GREAT FOR WARM-UPS, EXIT TICKETS, OR QUICK FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS! This product includes 55 different quick Science Starters to be used at the beginning or end of each class period. Each Science Starter student printable comes four to a page, saving you paper and ink. Each Starter also includes a teacher version that can be used to project the questions and/or answers for all students to see. The last page of both the student printable and the teacher version includes an extra page for you to add your own Science Starter (editable PDF form). To edit the text you type into a box, select the text, then press Ctrl +e. You should see a pop-up box appear that will allow you to change the font, font size, alignment, etc... Daily Science Starter TEKS Included: 6.10 Earth and space. The student understands the structure of Earth, the rock cycle, and plate tectonics. The student is expected to: (A) build a model to illustrate the structural layers of Earth, including the inner core, outer core, mantle, crust, asthenosphere, and lithosphere; (B) classify rocks as metamorphic, igneous, or sedimentary by the processes of their formation; (C) identify the major tectonic plates, including Eurasian, African, Indo-Australian, Pacific, North American, and South American; and (D) describe how plate tectonics causes major geological events such as ocean basins, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building. 6.11 Earth and space. The student understands the organization of our solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. The student is expected to: (A) describe the physical properties, locations, and movements of the Sun, planets, Galilean moons, meteors, asteroids, and comets; (B) understand that gravity is the force that governs the motion of our solar system; and (C) describe the history and future of space exploration, including the types of equipment and transportation needed for space travel. 7.8 Earth and space. The student knows that natural events and human activity can impact Earth systems. The student is expected to: (A) predict and describe how different types of catastrophic events impact ecosystems such as floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes; (B) analyze the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition on the environment in ecoregions of Texas; and (C) model the effects of human activity on groundwater and surface water in a watershed. 7.9 Earth and space. The student knows components of our solar system. The student is expected to: (A) analyze the characteristics of objects in our solar system that allow life to exist such as the proximity of the Sun, presence of
Topographic Maps Reciprocal Learning Activity
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Topographic Maps Reciprocal Learning Activity

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This reciprocal learning activity gives students the opportunity to practice interpreting topographic maps. Each student in the partnership will have the chance to identify the contour interval, determine changes in elevation, distinguish between steep and gentle slopes, determine elevations of given points, identify common features found on maps, and much more! What is the Reciprocal Learning Strategy? Reciprocal Learning is a student-pairing strategy designed with the principles of effective coaching in mind. Each pair of students forms a learning partnership committed to helping each other reach a particular learning goal. Each student plays two roles: as the player, each student works to complete an activity or solve a problem while “thinking out loud”; as a coach, each student observes the player’s work and listens to the player’s thinking while providing praise, feedback, and clues that help the player complete the activity. Because of these dual-roles, the power of learning is effectively doubled. In this activity, each player is given 10 unique problems to solve as their coach guides, encourages, and provides support when needed. After these 10 problems are completed (and correct), the students switch roles and the second player solves 10 different problems (with a different map) as the other player coaches. To see a quick overview of this teaching strategy, ©2016 Science Teaching Junkie, Inc. Terms of Use - this resource is for use by one teacher only. Additional teachers must purchase their own license. If you are interested in purchasing several licenses, please contact me for a district-wide or campus-wide quote. This product should NOT be posted on any website. ScienceTeachingJunkie@yahoo.com
Plate Tectonics Color-by-Number
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Plate Tectonics Color-by-Number

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This product is a color-by-number activity that allows students to match vocabulary terms with definitions. And YES- even secondary students love to color! Related Plate Tectonics terms include: continental drift asthenosphere plate tectonics lithosphere subduction zone convergent boundary transform boundary divergent boundary earthquakes volcanoes rift valley & mid-ocean ridge mountains This could be used as a quick assessment, a homework assignment, or for early finishers. If you like this activity, © Science Teaching Junkie. Terms of Use - this resource is for use by one teacher only. Additional teachers must purchase their own license. If you are interested in purchasing several licenses, please contact me for a district-wide or campus-wide quote. ScienceTeachingJunkie@yahoo.com
Forces that Change the Earth Task Cards
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Forces that Change the Earth Task Cards

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This PDF includes 40 task cards (and 2 blank, editable PDF cards) to help students demonstrate mastery on various forces that shape the Earth. Student answer sheets and teacher answer key are provided. Ideas on ways to use them in the science classroom are also included. For students to be successful with utilizing these cards, they should have prior knowledge of the following concepts and/or vocabulary: - 3 plate boundaries (divergent, transform, convergent) and the effects of their movements - continental crust vs. oceanic crust - layers of the Earth (with basic facts) - Theory of Continental Drift - Theory of Plate Tectonics © Science Teaching Junkie, Inc. Terms of Use - this resource is for use by one teacher only. Additional teachers must purchase their own license. If you are interested in purchasing several licenses, please contact me for a district-wide or campus-wide quote. This product should NOT be posted on any website. ScienceTeachingJunkie@yahoo.com
Daily Science Starters for Middle School - The WHOLE Bundle!
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Daily Science Starters for Middle School - The WHOLE Bundle!

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This product includes all 4 of my Daily Science Starters bundled together to save you money! By purchasing all 4 as a bundle you save almost 15%!! They are aligned with the middle school TEKS, so students are sure to be exposed to all content required in the middle grades and you can rest assured that they will be prepared for the state standardized assessment. Each Science Starter student printable comes four to a page, saving you paper and ink. Each Starter also includes a teacher version that can be used to project the questions and/or answers for all students to see. © Science Teaching Junkie. Terms of Use - this resource is for use by one teacher only. Additional teachers must purchase their own license. If you are interested in purchasing several licenses, please contact me for a district-wide or campus-wide quote. ScienceTeachingJunkie@yahoo.com