Discussed yesterday’s assignment.

Learning target: “I can identify the characteristics of Science Fiction.”

Science Fiction is a genre (category) of fiction where the author SPECULATES about SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY in the near or distant future.

  • What is Science?
    • SCIENCE is the study of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
      • When writers imagine the influence science has on individuals and society in the future, those stories become science fiction.
  • What is Technology?
    • TECHNOLOGY is the invention of tools, machinery, appliances inspired by need and scientific knowledge.
      • When writers imagine the influence of technology on individuals and society in the future, those stories become science fiction.


Learning Target: “I can understand how maps are used to locate relative and absolute location.”

Cartographers (map makers): Describe what references in the classroom (desks, doors, tables, windows) you used to make your map. What else did you put on the map to help your partner find the gold? (Arrows? Xs?)

Geologists: What was it like to use your partners map? What challenges hindered you? What could they have done to make things easier for you?

Reflection: In what ways have I met this learning target for this journaling activity?


LEARNING TARGET: “I can explain the geological processes that shape the earth.”

READ sections: Tectonic Plate Movements & Results of Plate Tectonics

  • Identify vocabulary: divergent, volcanic ridge, transformant, convergent, oceanic plates, continental plates, subduction, uplift.
    • Define them as they are described in the text.
    • What do these words have to do with geological processes?
  • Use pictures and words to explain–
    • What are tectonic plates? How do they move around? Use Divergent, Transformant and Convergent movements as part of your answer.
  • CONNECTIONS: What is the major difference between Continental and Oceanic plates? How does this difference cause subduction?
  • STUDY: Connecting to Science: Plate Tectonics.
    • What can we learn from this to help us answer the questions?
    • What picture show examples of subduction?
    • Video: Bill Nye (Earthquakes)
  • Reflection: How has this information contributed to the learning target?

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