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The Changing Earth

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Recognize that Earth's surface is constantly changing due to the effect of events such as erosion, weathering, volcanoes, and earthquakes, explore the impact of these events on Earth's surface, explore the steps that can be taken to prevent erosion.

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Rocks and the Rock Cycle

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Students will: understand how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed, identify examples of each type of rock, understand and describe the process by which rock can cycle through each of the three types of rock (the rock cycle)

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Earthquakes

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Students will: understand what causes an earthquake, understand where earthquakes occur, understand how an earthquake's strength is measured, make connections between earthquakes, volcanoes and tectonic plate boundary locations on a map of Earth.

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Water and Water Pollution

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Students will: identify water distribution on Earth, identify various pollutants and their impact on water sources, explore ways to prevent water pollution, explore solutions to water pollution.

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Landslides

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Students will: understand the causes and effects of landslides, explore ways to prevent and protect against landslides.

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Plate Tectonics

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Students will understand: plate tectonic theory, how continental drift and Earth's continents, the types of plate boundaries (divergent, convergent, and transform), how plate boundaries cause the formation of mountains, volcanoes, rifts, and earthquakes.

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Compass Rose

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A compass rose that you can place on all sorts of maps, for instance on the map of the United Kingdom, Europe or the world.

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Landforms

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Students will: identify characteristics of various landforms, classify landforms based on their characteristics, recognize some common global landforms.

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Soil

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Students will: understand what soil is and how it is formed, understand the factors that cause or prevent soil erosion, identify soil layers and the general properties of each layer.

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Fossils

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Students will: understand the nature of a fossil and how fossils are formed, understand what fossils can teach us about organism development and Earth’s history, examine a variety of fossils, create strategies for identifying a fossil’s organism.

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Changing Earth

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Students will recognize that Earth's surface is constantly changing due to the effects of events such as erosion, weathering, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

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Clouds

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Students will: understand how clouds form as a result of evaporation and condensation, identify various types of clouds, understand where various types of clouds appear in the sky, understand what various clouds indicate in terms of weather.

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The Earth System

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Students will: understand Earth's four main spheres (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere), recognize that Earth system science helps scientist to understand the way in which events in one sphere are caused by-or impact-other spheres.

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Spring - Writing a story

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Students use a word spider, a story map and a character analysis chart to brainstorm and write a story about spring.

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States of Water

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Students will: compare the three states of water (liquid, solid, gas), understand how water transforms from one state to another, understand that evaporation has occurred when liquid water changes into a gas (water vapor).

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Patterns in the Night Sky

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Learn that stars form unchanging patterns in the sky, understand that some groups of stars form distinct patterns (constellations), understand that Earth’s rotation causes changes in the perceived position of constellations in the night sky.

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