Reading the Environment

Change is all around us. In this module, students explore changes in their environment. They start by examining their immediate surroundings and think about three questions--What was it like before? What changes have happened?, and What changes do we predict will occur in the future? They then look more closely at the processes of weathering and erosion. As students continue their explorations, they use time lines to help them understand how long change takes, leading to an exploration of rocks and fossils. Throughout the module, students develop skills in analyzing change by mapping the changes in a small area in the school yard. Finally, groups of students use their knowledge and experiences to write a biography of a hypothetical rock statue in their community.