Unit 1 Assignments


MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2
Plate Tectonics

MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3
Science Skills
Rock Cycle

Natural Resources
Bundle 1 How important are our natural resources?
MS-ESS3-1  Evidence Statement
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
[Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on how these resources are limited and typically non-renewable, and how their distributions are significantly changing as a result of removal by humans. Examples of uneven distributions of resources as a result of past processes include but are not limited to petroleum (locations of the burial of organic marine sediments and subsequent geologic traps), metal ores (locations of past volcanic and hydrothermal activity associated with subduction zones), and soil (locations of active weathering and/or deposition of rock).]
The concept that resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes (ESS3.A as in MS-ESS3-1) connects to the idea that maps of ancient land and water patterns, based on investigations of rocks and fossils, make clear how Earth’s plates have moved great distances, collided, and spread apart (ESS2.B as in MS-ESS2-3).

 This concept connects to the idea that humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes (ESS3.A as in MS-ESS3-1).

Quia Practice Quiz & Espanol

Take every day before sleeping!

Vocabulary Review Activities

 BrainPop Animations and Practice QuizesBrainPop

PearsonPPT-ThumbRock Cycle Slideshow

Vocabulary - Glossary

How Minerals Form - Chapter 4 Section 2:

Fossil Fuels
- Chapter 6 Section 1:

Surface Water
- Chapter 1 Section 3:

Ground Water - Chapter 1 Section 5:

Labs & Videos
PhET Plate Tectonics
PhET Plate Tectonics

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Gizmos- Plate Tectonics

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
USGS Mine and Mineral Processing

USGS Mineral Resources Interactive Map

Kentucky Coal Education : Mining Technology

USDA World Soil Resources Maps

UN Food and Agriculture Organization: Soils Portal
PE-ESS3-1 Assessment

Practice Essay Worksheet & Espanol

PARCC Condensed Rubric

2017 Writing Packet

Guiding Questions PowerPoint

Fossil Fuels - Reserves
National Academy of Sciences Safe Water Documentaries

US Environmental Protection Agency: Groundwater and Drinking Water

United Nations: UNWater.org

USGS World Petroleum Maps
Nature Conservancy - Dust Bowl

YouTube - The Dustbowl Preview - Ken Burns

YouTube Ken Burns Dust Bowl Lessons

CBS Kronkite Documentary
  1. PE ESS 3-1 Essay - Minerals Evidence and Scientific Explanation- Draft Notes
  2. BrainPopMetals
  3. Study JamsMixtures
  4. YouTube- SilverCrystals in a beaker
  5. YouTube- Hydrothermal Vents
  6. YouTube- Quartz Vein Gold Ore & Silver Ore Specimens
  7. YouTube- Mother Lode Veins- 14m Cali Gold & 22m HotSprings Silver 33m-Acidic upwelling
  8. ph-How Minerals Form - Chap 4-2 - Espanol
  9. AudiobookAudioBk



YouTube Coal Formation -3D
YouTube - Oil Formation

Formacion de carbon

Formacion de petroleo
  1. Ground Water - Guiding Questions
  2. Viewing Questions
  3. All Dried Up Article
  4. YouTubeWatershed 1 - Watershed 2 -
  5. YouTubeDust Bowl  -  -
  6. YouTubeDust Bowl Lessons- Ogallala - PBS Ken Burns Excerpt - espanol
  7. YouTubeOgallala Aquifer - National Science Foundation   - espanol-acu�feros - Segunda
  8. YouTubeSierra Nevada Snowmelt - Nat Sci Foundation
  9. YouTube2015 How Much of America Is In Drought?
  10.  ph-Surface Water - Chap 1-3 - espanol
  11. PE ESS 3-1 Essay - Fuels Evidence and Scientific Explanation Rubric -Water Practice




Nye Erosion

Study Jams
  1. Minerals
  2. Fossil Fuels - Slideshow
  3. Natural Resources - Slideshow
  4. Soil
  5. Rock Cycle
  6. Weathering and Erosion

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows the rock cycle and label its parts.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show how __________________are used by  humans.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that compares or contrasts different parts of the rock cycle.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how ___________.

  1. Make a video or animation of atoms  (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about the elements (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of the elements in its many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept

Igneous Plate Tectonics: Earth's crust is divided into parts called plates that float on top of molten rock (mantle) inside Earth.
  • Subduction: plate movement can push rocks down towards the mantle where pressure and heat can change rock
  • Colliding Continental Plates: press and squeeze rocks, transforming them and building mountains, volconoes, islands, and faults
Earth's resources are located in different areas because of the geological processes that make them.

Mineral Resources : Mineral deposits are created in the rock and water cycles and by deposits left by living things (nitrates, calcium carbonates, etc.)
  • Minerals: Naturally occurying inorganic solids with a crystal structure and definite chemical composition.
  • Metals:
  • Minerals formed from Magma & lava: crystals formed vary by the mixof chemicals in the lava and how fast or slow they cool. Rapid cooling makes small crystals, slow cooling makes large crystals. (i.e.: Diamonds form under the crust and emerge from the pipes of volcanoes)
  • Minerals formed from solutions: dissolved metals are left behind as veins in cracks in the ground when water infiltrates and goes away. (i.e. silver is mined from veins underground.)
  • Minerals formed from evaporation: salts form when water evaporates and leaves dissolved minerals behind.

Fossil Fuels : were created where enough living things died and became part of the sedimentary and metamorphic rock cycles.
  • Coal: solid fossil fuel made of the decayed remains of living things- primarily swamp plants from hundreds of millions of years ago becoming peat, then turning to coal seams buried under immense pressure.
  • Reserves: known deposits of fossil fuels
  • Petroleum-Oil - liquid fossil fuel made of the decayed remains of sea creatures from hundreds of millions of years ago buried under sediments.
  • Natural Gas- gaseous fossil fuel released by the decay of living things buried under great pressure.
  Land and Soil Resources: topsoil can be eroded by wind and water or nutrient depletion.
  • 3 uses of land are agriculture, development, and mining
  • topsoil: mixture of rock fragments, nutrients, water, air, and decaying living matter
  • erosion
  • nutrient depletion:
  • desertification
  • land reclamation

Surface Water: Rivers and streams move fresh water, often depositing it in lakes and ponds.  
  • River Systems: a river and all of the streams and tributaries that flow into it.
  • Watersheds: land area that supplies water to a river system.
  • Divides: a ridge of land that separates watersheds
  • Lake formation: lakes and ponds form in low lying areas in a watershed.
  • Reservoir: a lake that stores water for human use.

Groundwater: much of our fresh water supply is stored in the ground and comes to us from wells and springs.
  •  aquifer - underground rock or sediment that holds water