FOSS - Earth Materials

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Grade: 4
Type: Earth Science
In this unit students are expected to:

• Develop an interest and wonder about earth materials.
• Gain experiences with rocks and minerals.
• Understand the process of taking apart and putting together to find out about materials.
• Use measuring tools to gather data about rocks.
• Collect and organize data about rocks.
• Observe, describe, and record properties of minerals.
• Seriate minerals on the basis of one property.
• Investigate the effect of vinegar on a particular mineral, calcite.
• Use evaporation to investigate rock composition.
• Learn that rocks are mixtures of minerals and that minerals cannot be physically separated into other materials.
• Compare their activities to the work of a field geologist.
• Acquire the vocabulary used in earth science.
• Exercise language and math skills in the context of earth science.
• Gain experiences that will contribute to their understanding of several pervasive themes that relate one scientific idea to another: PATTERN, STRUCTURE, INTERACTION, and CHANGE.

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