Planning a Landform Model

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BetterLesson Jeri Faber
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Instructional Materials
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Lesson/Lesson Plan
Note
This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be “fully aligned,” the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.

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Description

This is lesson 8 in a series of lessons that cover landforms and bodies of water.  In this lesson, students will design and create a model of their own island that includes several types of landforms and bodies of water.  This lesson appears in the instructional sequence following lessons that define and explain what landforms are and how they are formed.

Intended Audience

Learner
Educational Level
  • Early Elementary
  • Grade 2
Language
English
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Performance Expectations

2-ESS2-2 Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.

Clarification Statement: none

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include quantitative scaling in models.

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this performance expectation.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
The lesson allows students to first design and then develop a model representing different land forms and bodies of water on an island, in an authentic setting. Links to external resources are embedded within the lesson to provide background knowledge. Planning sheets and student handouts are designed to guide students throughout the process. Using all the provided resources within the lesson plan will further strengthen the understanding of the Performance Expectation..

Science and Engineering Practices

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this science and engineering practice.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
Students should have prior knowledge about the purpose and function of models as representations. This lesson integrates the content (learning about landforms) with an engineering activity through the process of developing a landform model. Have students identify patterns in the shapes of land and bodies of water they see in different areas. Use the map and the video included in this activity to do so.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea
The lesson assumes this background information has been covered. The model includes bodies of water but the full Core Idea is covered in Lesson 1 of this series of lessons.

Crosscutting Concepts

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this crosscutting concept, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept
This lesson assumes the background knowledge for this Crosscutting Concept has been developed. To ensure understanding throughout the activity, explicitly remind students how landforms and bodies of water are formed, and their relationship to each other. Have students identify patterns in the shapes of land and bodies of water they see in different areas. Use the map and the video included in this activity to do so.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: The lesson in isolation still serves as an excellent resource for developing the performance expectation as connected with engineering through the practice of modeling. If all ten lessons in the series are conducted, students could build a solid understanding and engage in all three dimensions of NGSS with regard to this standard.

  • Instructional Supports: All outside resources [video and map links] worked well. The student sheets provided are purposeful and student friendly. The resource includes everything a teacher would need to conduct the lesson.

  • Monitoring Student Progress: The evaluation part of the lesson provides a rubric and student exemplars as well as evaluation tips.

  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: The lesson includes links to a video and a map and they work very well, however the focus of the lesson is performance based and very hands-on. The students do not interact with technology other than what the teacher provides as examples and background information.