Physics and Earth Science, Grades 9-12
April 20, 2022 Classroom Resources, Curriculum
This grades 9-12 Physics and Earth Science unit focuses on the inquiry question, “What is Earth’s physical history?” This 3.5 week text-rich unit supports students’ engineering/science practices while developing students’ science reading skills. It helps students develop models based on evidence, relate components within the model, and scientifically reason and defend claims. The unit supports the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices of Developing and Using Models and Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, utilizing the Claims, Evidence, Reasoning framework (CER) which may be used throughout the year. The unit supports the cross cutting concepts of Energy and Matter, Patterns, and Stability and Change as it delves into the disciplinary core ideas of Nuclear Processes, The History of Planet Earth, and Earth Materials and Systems. The unit makes use of the Reading Apprenticeship instructional framework and classroom routines including partner sharing, Talking to the Text, questioning, and identifying key/noteworthy ideas.