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Abstract
The proposed STEM project will focus on developing the skills necessary to conduct scientific research, while providing students with a fun and interesting lab experience. One of the most important skills a scientist uses is conducting scientific inquiry and acquiring data. In this 7th grade level science lab, students will continue to develop their experimental skills by exploring the way Earth’s land forms have evolved and continues to evolve. This fascinating, hands-on activity for approximately 130 eleven and twelve year-old science students will satisfy several of the 7th Grade Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Common Core standards. It will also introduce students to real world applications of Science.

Objectives
The goal of this grant is to provide additional educational enrichment through a hands-on learning activity. By participating in this activity, 7th grade science students will learn how Earth is constantly changing and in motion. Students will demonstrate an understanding of continental drift, land formations at plate boundaries, and volcanism while following a multi-step procedure designed to expose students to scientific inquiry. This grant is related to the following Common Core and Sunshine State Standards:
SC.7.E.6.4- Explain how evidence supports scientific theories that Earth has evolved over geologic time due to natural processes.

SC.7.E.6.5-Explore the scientific theory of plate tectonics by describing how the movement of Earth’s crustal plates causes both slow and rapid changes in Earth’s surface, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mountain building.

SC.7.N.1.3- Distinguish between an experiment and other forms of scientific investigation.

SC.7.N.1.5- Describe the methods used in pursuit of scientific explanations as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology, and physics.

RST.6-8.3- Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.





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Ever-Changing Earth

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School:
Emerald Coast Middle School 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Nancy Anderson 
Students Impacted:
  
Grade:
Date:
October 7, 2016

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

CHELCO - $990.92

 

Goal

Abstract
The proposed STEM project will focus on developing the skills necessary to conduct scientific research, while providing students with a fun and interesting lab experience. One of the most important skills a scientist uses is conducting scientific inquiry and acquiring data. In this 7th grade level science lab, students will continue to develop their experimental skills by exploring the way Earth’s land forms have evolved and continues to evolve. This fascinating, hands-on activity for approximately 130 eleven and twelve year-old science students will satisfy several of the 7th Grade Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Common Core standards. It will also introduce students to real world applications of Science.

Objectives
The goal of this grant is to provide additional educational enrichment through a hands-on learning activity. By participating in this activity, 7th grade science students will learn how Earth is constantly changing and in motion. Students will demonstrate an understanding of continental drift, land formations at plate boundaries, and volcanism while following a multi-step procedure designed to expose students to scientific inquiry. This grant is related to the following Common Core and Sunshine State Standards:
SC.7.E.6.4- Explain how evidence supports scientific theories that Earth has evolved over geologic time due to natural processes.

SC.7.E.6.5-Explore the scientific theory of plate tectonics by describing how the movement of Earth’s crustal plates causes both slow and rapid changes in Earth’s surface, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mountain building.

SC.7.N.1.3- Distinguish between an experiment and other forms of scientific investigation.

SC.7.N.1.5- Describe the methods used in pursuit of scientific explanations as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology, and physics.

RST.6-8.3- Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.





 

 

What will be done with my students

Activities
This activity will not only engage students, but also connect them to the 7th grade Science Standards addressing plate tectonics and Earth’s history. This engaging science activity accomplishes the grant’s objective by providing additional enrichment to the seventh grade curriculum, in alignment with our school improvement plan which states that science teachers will conduct 8 science labs throughout the school year. Over the course of three days, students will be able to: realize that continental drift theories have been proven over time, form an understanding of Pangaea, and see first-hand how volcanoes erupt. Day 1-The teacher will provide direct instruction and will review basic concepts of Pangaea. In the classroom, they will watch Bill Nye’s video “Greatest Discoveries” DVD (45 minutes.) The video does an excellent job explaining to 7th graders the abstract concepts of sea floor spreading, continental drift, erosion, and plate boundary land forms. Students will take guided notes throughout the video.
Day 2- Students will sit in groups of 4 in the school Science Lab. Each lab station will contain modeling clay, a Pangaea cutter, and a place mat set. Students will collaborate with their peers and explore how the world has changed from the Jurassic Period to present day. They will layer evidence such as mountain ranges, fossil record data, glacial deposits, sea floor changes, earthquakes, rock formations, and volcanoes. Using a school iPod, students will access extra resources, activities and a quiz using a QR code link provided in the activity.
Day 3- Students will again sit in their groups of 4 in the school Science Lab. This exciting final activity will allow students to build their own volcano and see how one actually works. First, the teacher will display a 3-D model of a volcano and explain key vocabulary terms and processes. In groups, students will construct a Smithsonian 12” x 4” model volcano that demonstrates the principles of volcanism by erupting internally. The model includes real volcanic rocks and can be constructed in 20 minutes safely with no heat or flames. The eruption and continuous foaming action of the model is controlled by hand pressure using a unique bottle and tube delivery system.




 

 

Benefits to my students

Formal assessment measures will include an end of unit quiz and a science lab that includes a data table to record observations and procedures.
Number of students impacted: 130 

 

Budget Narrative

The budget will allow the following items to be purchased: A class set of 30 individual volcanoes (one for each lab table), a 3-D interior view of a model volcano for instruction purposes, the Bill Nye DVD, and 30 Pangaea place mat sets that include materials for students to construct land forms. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Volcano Model Class Set (3) #30-1161 $551.85
2 Pangaea Cutter/Placemat Set $186.70
3 Pangaea Placemats $15.30
4 Greatest Discoveries w/Bill Nye Video $36.99
5 Modeling Clay $84.75
6 2430 Model Volcano $39.99
7 UPS Ground Shipping $55.35
8 Earth's interior model $19.99
  Total: $990.92

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