|This curriculum was developed in conjunction with the efforts of 5th & 6th grade students at TOAST, a magnet school in the Albany City School District in NY under the guidance of Dr. Eileen O'Connor in 2002. These materials supported TOASTY (the team's mascot) curriculum geologists team's web
site of great links and an input form (this site is hosted by ILS).
Geologists are sometimes nicknamed, Rock Hounds. If you join, you will be
acting as rock hounds as you assemble information and ideas for the
lessons that you will be creating. Click the terms below to move to different sections; some links may be out-of-date, but you will also find many useful resources.
- A page that shows the major
geology categories we will be considering in our geology
investigations; the icon to the right also links to this page
- A page with many
general links to web sites that have rock and geology
information; the volcano map picture below came from one of these sites;
there is a page with more detailed, informative sites, we'll call this
one For Teachers but anyone can go there
- An area where you can enter
ideas, facts, good web sites, and information about rock
and geology. Use this page so you don't lose your GOOD IDEAS and
so you can share them with other Toasty Rock Hounds. These ideas
will be gathered at school.
- This page links to
the notes from our first meeting; notes
from the second meeting
- You can download two different PowerPoint files that
contain information from the web about geology. If you have PowerPoint on your computer,
you can run these presentations
- You can download two different Word files that give
you a special project to complete for the class; if you have Word
on your computer, you can use these files for your work:
- a "Teaching
Challenge" where you and your group can make a lesson for
Second Graders - directions are in this Word document
- a "Geology
Story" where you write and illustrate a story about some
of the geology facts - directions are in this Word document.
After we make the lessons and the activities, we will make a
"learning" web site. To make the site we need to work
together, alone, and on committees. We need committees to check on
What other committees do we need so that our work is the best in
New York State?
- research and reporting accuracy -- about
- activities and models -- do they help
understanding (not just memorizing)?
- writing -- the clarity, spelling, and grammar
- art and design -- is it well labeled and
understandable to everyone?
REMEMBER, Einstein said: "It's not
that I'm so smart , it's just that I stay with problems longer."