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Earth Day Unit

Earth Day Unit

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  • Students will become informed about the Earth and the positive & negative effects that humans make on the Earth.
  • Students will be able to make knowledgeable decisions about taking care of the Earth.
  • Students will understand the the survival relationship between plants & animals.

This unit will cover general Earth Day information, social studies & math interdisciplinary assignments, a detailed writing assignment & reading/research assignment, an art project, a presentation via Sophia technology, a field trip, and a community service learning project. All together, we will cover many aspects regarding taking care of the planet we live on. This unit ties into the Science 7 curriculum through the "From Bacteria to Plants" textbook relating to plants & the importance of photosynthesis.

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Tutorial

Reading/Writing Monster

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Science Pre-year Survey

Take the following survey & create the designated collage.

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Science Inventory Collage exemplars

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Writing Strategies Database

25 + Writing resources and explanations

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Pre-Writing Anchor Poster

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Common Core State Standards Informative Brochure

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Earth Day Unit One Pager/Brag Sheet

Unit project overview including the interdisciplinary topics that will be used throughout the project.

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Project Milestones

An overview of each milestone.

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Project Calendar

This project will take approximately 9 weeks (one quarter) to complete. Due dates included for each milestone.

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Milestone 1: Science

Key Tasks

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Basic Web Graphic Organizer

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Basic Web Exemplar

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Continent Cut-Outs Template

Template of continents to use on foldable

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Foldable exemplar

Milestone 2: Social Studies

Key Tasks

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T-Chart Template

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T-Chart Exemplar

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World Map Template

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World Map exemplar

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Milestone 3: Math/Statisctics

Key Tasks

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Earth Day Statistics

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Milestone 4: Reading/Research

Key Tasks

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Environmental Legislature Graphic Organizer Template

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Biography Wheel Graphic Organizers - Exemplars

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Timeline Template

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Timeline Exemplar

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Milestone 5: Writing

Key Tasks

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Writing Rubric

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Pre-Writing Brainstorming Cluster

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Pre-Writing Cluster Exemplar

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Drafting

Drafting exemplar

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Peer-Review Form Template

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Peer Review exemplar

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Revisions

Revisions exemplar

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Editing Phase

Review your Revisions Phase and add in any edits - focus on grammar, spelling, and structure, NOT content.

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Publishing - Final Draft

Final draft exemplar

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Milestone 6: Art Form

Key Tasks

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Art Form - Re-purposed Item Rubric

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Art Form Exemplars

Milestone 7: Technology

Key Tasks

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Oral Presentation Rubric

*THIS IS THE RUBRIC FOR THE FINAL UNIT PRESENTATION THROUGH SOPHIA

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Milestone 8: Field Trip

Key Tasks

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Lesson Plan

5 E's

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Behnke's Nurseries Fielt Trip Letter

Letter - Signed & returned

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PGCPS Field Trip Paperwork

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Photosynthesis & Humans Flowchart Template

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Photosynthesis Flow Chart Exemplar

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Venn Diagram Template

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Annuals & Perennials Venn Diagram Exemplar

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Plant/Flower Species Web Template

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Trees & Flowers Species Cluster Web Exemplar

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Graph Paper Template

To be used for landscape design

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Landscape Design Exemplar

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Flower Shop Virtual Field Trip

Narrated slideshow. Need field trip handouts to complete. Internet access required.

Milestone 9: Service Learning Project

Key Tasks

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Community Partnership Letter Template

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Behnke's Community Partnership Letter

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Lowe's Community Partnership Letter

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Walmart Community Partnership Letter

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Final Presentation Rubric

Should be combined with Milestone 7 (Technology) because presentations will take place through Sophia.

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