In this 6-week high school unit, students discover and learn about the evolution of earth, its formation, features, and changes over time. Students will explore each topic individually using hands on activities, notes, art and poetry. Connections between the topics will be made as the students develop a pop-up book as a culminating activity and formative assessment.


  • Science > Biology
  • Science > Earth Science
  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


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SCI.9-12.ES.3.a: Science

Students know features of the ocean floor (magnetic patterns, age, and sea-floor topography) provide evidence of plate tectonics.

SCI.9-12.ES.3.b: Science

Students know the principal structures that form at the three different kinds of plate boundaries.

SCI.9-12.ES.3.c: Science

Students know how to explain the properties of rocks based on the physical and chemical conditions in which they formed, including plate tectonic processes.

SCI.9-12.ES.3.d: Science

Students know why and how earthquakes occur and the scales used to measure their intensity and magnitude.

SCI.9-12.ES.3.e: Science

Students know there are two kinds of volcanoes: one kind with violent eruptions producing steep slopes and the other kind with voluminous lava flows producing gentle slopes.

SCI.9-12.ES.3.f: Science

Students know the explanation for the location and properties of volcanoes that are due to hot spots and the explanation for those that are due to subduction.

SCI.9-12.ES.9.b: Science

Students know the principal natural hazards in different California regions and the geologic basis of those hazards.

SC.D.1.4.2: Science

knows that the solid crust of Earth consists of slow-moving, separate plates that float on a denser, molten layer of Earth and that these plates interact with each other, changing the Earth's surface in many ways (e.g., forming mountain ranges and rift valleys, causing earthquake and volcanic activity, and forming undersea mountains that can become ocean islands).

SC.D.1.4.3: Science

knows that changes in Earth's climate, geological activity, and life forms may be traced and compared.

SC.D.1.4.4: Science

knows that Earth's systems and organisms are the result of a long, continuous change over time.

SCI.9-12.SC.912.E.6.1: Science

Describe and differentiate the layers of Earth and the interactions among them.

SCI.9-12.SC.912.E.6.2: Science

Connect surface features to surface processes that are responsible for their formation.

SCI.9-12.SC.912.E.6.3: Science

Analyze the scientific theory of plate tectonics and identify related major processes and features as a result of moving plates.

SCI.9-12.SC.912.E.6.4: Science

Analyze how specific geologic processes and features are expressed in Florida and elsewhere.

SCI.9-12.SC.912.E.7.3: Science

Differentiate and describe the various interactions among Earth systems, including: atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2016-01-22.

Component Ratings:

Standards Alignment: 3
Subject Matter: 3
Support Steaching: 3
Assessments Quality: 3
Instructional Quality: 3
Deeper Learning: 3

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