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Thesis Statement

Using the Mater Christi School curriculum as a guide, this lesson plan will include lessons for the fifth and seventh grades on the earth sciences. It will work to give a basic understanding of plate tectonics, geology, glacier movement, and the formation of Lake Champlain to students. In addition there will be a chance for teachers to extend learning outside the classroom at different locations in the area.

Basic Lesson Plan Outline: Fifth Grade

History of Lake Champlain

-Geological Timeline
-What did Vermont look like in the ice age?
-The Changing Shape of Lake Champlain

Lake Vermont
Champlain Sea
Lake Champlain

Rock Identification

-Sedimentary, Metamorphic, Igneous
-What types of rocks do we find in VT?

Basic Lesson Plan Outline: Seventh Grade

Plate Tectonics

-What is it?
-Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis
-Convection cycles
-The breaking up of Pangea and how the Continents were formed
-Mountain formations
-The Green Mountains
-The Adirondacks


-What are they?
-VT landscape
-Glaciers today and global warming