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Grade 2 - 2-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

Grade 2 - 2-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
• Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe. (2-ESS1-1)

Performance Expectations
Students who demonstrate understanding can:

2-ESS1-1. Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. [Clarification Statement: Examples of events and timescales could include volcanic explosions and earthquakes, which happen quickly and erosion of rocks, which occurs slowly.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of timescales.]

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Use the Template and Resource Links to Fulfill NGSS

l. Goals:

  1. Understand that some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe.

Essential Questions:

  1. What are the events that happen on Earth slowly vs. quickly?

NGSS Note: Think, question, entertain ideas.

 

ll. Introductory Activities to Assess Prior Knowledge

A. Simple Activities - that assess students’ understanding of Earth events that happen very quickly and others that occur very slowly.

Cloud Matching (Black and White)
Storm Matching
Rock Type - Matching

B. Brainstorming Session
Question: What are some Earth events that happen very quickly and others that occur very slowly.?
1. Break students down into groups of 3-4.
2. Ask students to generate a list of Earth events that happen very quickly and others that occur very slowly.
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. Discuss

lll. New Knowledge - Text

A. Read about Earth's events happening slowly and quickly.
About Mountains
The Rock Cycle
Storms - Thunderstorms
Hurricanes
Tornadoes
Winter Storms
The Dirt on Dirt -- Why is Soil Important?

 

Examples of Models (depicts the concept expressed in the reading):

Ask students to look at the models of the rock cycle and the formation of a thunderstorm and discuss fast and slow Earth processes.

Students can create their own model with: Rock Formation Coloring

Rock Cycle Model
Thunderstorm formation poster
lV. Experiments, Activities, Model-making (Critical Thinking)

Inquiry related to the speed of Earth's processes:

Rain-making Experiment

Cloud-making Experiment

Erosion Activity


V. Summarize Knowledge - Enduring Understandings

1. Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe.


Vl. Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) - Grade 2

Disciplinary Core Ideas

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
• Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe. (2-ESS1-1)


Science and Engineering Practices

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Constructing explanations and designing solutions in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to the use of evidence and ideas in constructing evidence-based accounts of natural phenomena and designing solutions.
• Compare multiple solutions to a problem. (2-ESS2-1)


Crosscutting Concepts

Stability and Change 
• Things may change slowly or rapidly. (2-ESS2-1)

Performance Expectations

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

2-ESS1-1. Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. [Clarification Statement: Examples of events and timescales could include volcanic explosions and earthquakes, which happen quickly and erosion of rocks, which occurs slowly.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of timescales.]

Common Core State Standards Connections

ELA/Literacy
RI.2.1    Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. (2-ESS1-1)
RI.2.3   
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. (2-ESS1-1)
W.2.6    
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. (2-ESS1-1)
W.2.7    
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations). (2-ESS1-1)
W.2.8    
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. (2-ESS1-1)
SL.2.2    
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. (2-ESS1-1)

Mathematics
MP.2    Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 2-ESS1-1)
MP.4    
Model with mathematics. (2-LS2-1),(2-LS2-2)
MP.5  
 Use appropriate tools strategically. (2-LS2-1)
2.MD.D.10 
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. (2-LS2-2)

Grade 2 - 2-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

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