Lesson Plan Template: General Lesson Plan
Learning Objectives: What should students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
Students will be able to describe ways in which Earth's surface is built up and torn down by physical and chemical weathering.
Students will be able to describe ways in which Earth's surface is built up and torn down by erosion.
Students will be able to describe ways in which Earth's surface is built up and torn down by deposition.
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
Students will have used the Direct Note-Taking worksheet and Interactive Notebooks in prior lessons.
Directed Note Taking.doc
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
How does physical and chemical weathering tear down the Earth's surface?
How does erosion tear down the Earth's surface?
How does deposition tear down the Earth's surface?
Teaching Phase: How will the teacher present the concept or skill to students?
The teacher will read the informational text to the students, will show a short video clip and will lead the pre-read/view discussion and post-read/view discussion.
Guided Practice: What activities or exercises will the students complete with teacher guidance?
Students and teacher will answer and discuss their answers in a whole group, based on prior knowledge, to the guiding questions in their interactive notebooks (before reading/viewing):
- How does physical and chemical weathering tear down the Earth's surface?
- How does erosion tear down the Earth's surface? How does deposition tear down the Earth's surface?
Teacher will read aloud to students the informational text "How Landslides Work" while the students record relevant facts. The teacher will model note taking as a review after the first few facts and students will take notes in their interactive notebooks using the 'Directed Note Taking Sheet'
- Direct note-taking is done by presenting a guiding question to direct student thinking while they are taking notes.
- The teacher should model note taking by using an example statement from the text and then selecting which category it falls in. The categories are 'exact', 'partial' or 'not at all' as evidence to answer the guiding quesition.
Horton, Jennifer. "How Landslides Work," 12 March 2008. HowStuffWorks.com 03 June 2012.
(Lexile Level = 1070L)
After reading, the teacher will show the short video "Weathering, Erosion Deposition" and the students will continue to record notes in their journals. Video: Weathering, Erosion, Deposition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R48zYr-S7v0
After the reading and viewing, students will create new answers to the guiding questions, they will discuss and debate their answers as a whole group.
Independent Practice: What activities or exercises will students complete to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the lesson?
Students will participate in an online Weathering and Erosion Virtual Lab at
to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in this lesson. Depending on your computer access students can work individually or in pairs.
Closure: How will the teacher assist students in organizing the knowledge gained in the lesson?
Teachers will review and model how to take notes in Interactive Notebooks and will review them throughout the lesson. The teacher will ask students to summarize what they have learned from reading, watching the video and participating in the virtual lab. The final activity will involve the summative assessment.
Students will be given a final assessment after the post-reading/viewing discussion to see if they can describe and give examples of ways in which Earth's surface is built up and torn down by physical and chemical weathering, erosion and deposition.
Weathering Erosion Deposition Test.docx
Weathering Erosion Deposition Test Answers.docx
Pre-Reading/Viewing Interactive Journal Entry - Teacher posts an essential question prior to reading informational text and watching video clip. Students and teacher, as a whole group, will discuss answers and allow students to argue for their answers.
During Reading and viewing (Use Directed Note-Taking Handout) - Students will take notes in their interactive journals using the Directed Note-Taking Handout.
Post-Reading/Viewing Interactive Journal Entry - Teacher posts the same essential question that is text-based, students and teacher discuss answers, review/revise answers to essential question based on discussion. Students will again argue for their answers and must share facts they learned from the text and video clip that support their arguments.
Feedback to Students
Teacher will direct discussion and arguments and encourage students to support their answers by using information gained from the text/video and if student's answers are not supported by the text discuss why they must be. Students will receive specific feedback from the teacher after students have a chance to get and give peer feedback.