Earth's Changes and Prevention
Hey y'all! I hope you had a fabulous spring break. The countdown to summer is on over here (only a few more Mondays!) and the weather is finally starting to warm up.
This month, we'll be learning all about the Earth's changes and ways to prevent them. This is a two week unit full of experiments and demonstrations.
Before kids can really understand how volcanos and earthquakes do what they do, they have to understand the layers of the Earth. So that's where we start on Monday.
Tuesday through Thursday of the first week, students go through a series of science stations to learn all about the different fast and slow changes that take place on Earth.
On Friday, I demonstrate how earthquakes happen and we discuss the effects of these on people that live nearby. This is simply two of my husband's socks buried in dirt. When you put the socks in different directions, an "earthquake" occurs. The students loved this demonstration and seeing how the "buildings"reacted to the movement.
Week 2, is full of whole class STEAM challenges and demos. Students will attempt build an earthquake resistant building, a levee or damn to keep the beach from washing away, and reflect on why and how we can prevent Earth's changes.
I really love this unit because it asks kids why we would need to prevent some changes, when we shouldn't try to prevent other changes, and how we would determine the difference.
You can learn more about this unit by checking it out at my TpT store here. Thank you for stopping by and be sure to follow me on TPT for all the latest updates, ideas, and resources. I hope you have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.