GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 2019

Paper No. 181-9
Presentation Time: 11:00 AM


BOWMAN, Luke J.1, TUBMAN, Stephanie1, HUNTOON, Jacqueline E.1, BLUTH, Gregg J.S.1, MATTHYS, Anthony1, WYRWICZ, Monica2 and GEERER, Christine3, (1)Office of the Provost and Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, (2)Rochester Community Schools, 501 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307, (3)Grosse Pointe Public Schools, 389 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Explore an innovative way for students to uncover the Rock Cycle through hands-on investigations and models from the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) curriculum for grades 6-8. Each unit in the curriculum is anchored by a Unit Challenge that motivates students to engage with science ideas in order to solve a problem. Ideas about the rock cycle are developed over two units in the curriculum. In the first unit, students must help VolcaKNOW -- a hypothetical, struggling volcano tourism company. In the second unit, students must defend their peers against city council groups that suspect middle school students of unauthorized sand mining at Great Lakes coasts. In both units, students uncover evidence through investigations in order to build models that explain the flow of energy and the cycling of matter through Earth’s crust and on Earth’s surface. This presentation will provide a sample of the three-dimensional investigations that students experience in these units and the application of those investigations to solve a problem.