Cycle Model Rubric: Student performance during the presentation and the creation of the model will be assessed using this rubric.
Cooperative Learning Group Interaction (Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Communication, Teamwork)
The teacher, acting as a team facilitator when necessary, will informally assess students’ cooperative learning skills as demonstrated within their pairs and/or small groups for the duration of the unit. Students will be evaluated based on their individual and group performance; that is, their ability to collaborate, listen attentively, and show willingness to take on various research and sharing roles as they investigate global matter and energy cycling.
Subjects & Disciplines
- Earth Science
- Articulate their understanding of how fossil fuels form, how humans use them, and how current human use impacts matter and energy cycles.
- Successfully utilize a model as a visual aid while public speaking.
- Collaborate to create a digital or analog model of matter and energy cycles on Earth (specifically the carbon cycle, rock cycle, water cycle, and photosynthesis and respiration)
- Engage in public speaking with confidence and clarity.
- Collaborate to create a digital or analog model of matter and energy cycles on Earth (specifically the carbon cycle, rock cycle, water cycle, and photosynthesis and respiration).
- Articulate in a formal presentation their understanding of how matter and energy cycles on Earth function and their importance.
- Project-based learning
- Cooperative learning
- Visual instruction
21st Century Student Outcomes
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Learning and Innovation Skills
- Life and Career Skills
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Developing and using models
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Optional
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, Presentation software, Projector
- Make the environment for the final presentation fun and engaging for students and audience members. Celebrate the completion of the Carbon Trackers unit!
- Technology: Any technology involved in the model or presentation (such as audio systems or projectors) should be tested ahead of time.
- Prepare a venue for the presentation and gather anything that will be required for the exhibition or guests, such as additional chairs or clipboards.
- Organize the room beforehand in a way that makes sense for the format of the final presentations.
- Print or provide digital access to the Model Presentation Audience Feedback Form.
- If desired, print additional copies of the Cycle Model Rubric to share with audience members.
Depending on the kind of model your class will be building, it may make sense to have a large table or work space, a computer lab, or other setup.
- Cross-age teaching
- Large-group instruction
- Large-group learning
For Further Exploration
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