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P-12 LM Design Document

Third Grade Rocks and Minerals


Georgia Performance Standards: S3E1. Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks and
soils.
a. Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.
b. Recognize the physical attributes of rocks and minerals using observation (shape, color, and texture),
measurement, and simple tests (hardness).
c. Use observation to compare the similarities and differences of texture, particle size, and color in top
soils (such as clay, loam or potting soil, and sand).
d. Determine how water and wind can change rocks and soil over time using observation and research
Time Flexibility: This unit will be taught over the course of a week through both web based instruction
and classroom activities. For each learning module, the student will watch a video or explore a subject
related website, and complete a reading assignment. Then the learner will complete discussion
questions, a group activity or individual assignment.
Group Composition: Heterogeneous groups of 3 will be determined by the instructor based on
students interest, learning style, gender and varied ability levels. Each group will be assigned a group
leader, material boss and recorder.
Learning Tasks:
The students will be given both printed and web resources to view and respond to via the discussion
board. The discussion question responses should reflect the information given in the module. The
students will work in collaborative groups to complete an identification of minerals lab. To complete the
lab the students must use their knowledge of mineral properties to identify the given minerals. Students
will create a diagram that illustrates the rock cycle and how rocks are formed. Finally, to the students
will take a formal assessment over all the material presented throughout the module.
Instructors Role: The instructor will provide online resources and maintain an up to date course
information. Consistent feedback and communication will be provided via email, discussion boards and
face to face correspondence. The instructor will also provide 10 minute mini lessons at beginning of
each class period, then serve as a guide to students as they complete assigned activities. Assessment
and evaluation will be provided by the instructor throughout the course.
Learner Engagement: Students will engage in a variety of student centered activities. Students are
expected to answer discussion questions using the information learned in the module then respond to
another students response. In group activities, students are expected to complete the learner task
designated by their assigned roles. Additional communication will be encouraged throughout classroom
activities.
External Resources:

www.Brainpop.com
Youtube.com: Bill Nye the Science Guy episode 44 Rocks and minerals; Quick Mineral
Identification
http://geology.com/minerals/mohs-hardness-scale.shtml

The Telis Museum

Quality Feedback and Formative evaluation: The instructor will provide timely feedback to each
discussion response and maintain regular communication of students progress with parents. Online and
in class assistance will be given to support all learners needs. In class assignments will be evaluate on a
100 point scale. A formative assessment will be given at the end of the unit to assess the proficiency of
the standard.
Time Management: Reading assignments and discussion responses will be due the night before the next
class. The completion of all classroom assignments will be due on the last day of the unit. Students are
expected to accurately complete all assignments and make adjustments suggested by feedback before
the due date.

Dimensions of Flexibility
a)multiple means of representation The content material will be represented in many different
forms. The content module will include be powerpoint, audio, visuals, interactives, online
practice, games, and videos.
b) multiple means of expression Students will also be able to show they have learned through
group projects, discussions and chats in the Wimba classroom, homework assignments, and
their individual web exploration assignment.
c)multiple means of engagement - Students are being taught in the course with a variety of
instructional methods to meet the needs of all learners. The content module includes powerpoint,
audio, visuals, interactives, online practice, games, and videos. The module is also very student
oriented, provides student choice, and teacher guided which also promotes student
engagement.