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Earth's Landscapes

Earth's Landscapes

Author: Melanie Souza

NGSS Standards 4th Grade

4- ESS1-1: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 

Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C 

The History of Planet Earth: Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed. 

LS4.A: Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of the environments. 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Students observe rock layer patterns and learn about how the relative ages of those layers help us explain the history of landscape. 

IEP goal for student with ADHD: To be able to watch videos in a time frame suitable for him/her. During the rock layer song, student can be interactive and dance. 

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