Rock Our Town

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We name eras of human development such as the Stone Age, Copper Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age after rocks and minerals, proving how important these are to daily life. The applied STEM unit encourages scholars to act as geologists researching an assigned area. They end up putting together a proposal for the local planning committee on the importance of rocks and minerals to daily lives. The unit stresses the importance of using native materials through cost analysis, material stability, and beauty.


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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Find a specific project in your community that has been proposed so scholars can apply their research, such as a future park, community building, upgrade, or sidewalk
Classroom Considerations
  • Be aware of any potential allergies, especially on day five when using various foods
  • Requires prior knowledge of slideshows or other presentation software
  • Offers tips for differentiating instruction for resource, gifted, and ELLs
  • Includes links to mobile apps that support the lesson on three different platforms
  • Contains cross-curricular connections to science, language arts, and engineering/design
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