Geology Assignment

Mystery of the Formation of the Columbia River Gorge - FINAL PROJECT

You have been studying geology for a few months now. You have collected knowledge of how the earth works and how landforms are created. All the clues that you need are in your case files and your memory. It is time to think outside of the box. How was the Columbia River Gorge formed? What order of processes created such a beautiful place? Your job now is to create the story of how the Gorge was formed. This can be narratively written, you being a storyteller, or you could treat each panel as a separate topic or separate piece of evidence. The evidence should be introduced chronologically.


Helpful Tips on how to Plan Your Panels:

  • You have many pictures and diagrams. Look at each one and decide if it can help you.

  • You have already drawn some amazing sketches of evidence on field trips. Recall our discussions of each landform that we discussed on the last field trip. Where do those pieces of evidence fit in your story?

  • Label your diagrams and drawings in your panels.

  • Your vocabulary words also have hidden clues.

  • Virtual Field Trip → Each one of the places you sketched is a clue. Please fit some of them in your story as evidence.

  • There should be a clear flow from one panel to the next.

  • As long as you can explain your thinking, your story does not have to be 'right'. Make sure you are able to tell your story and convince your audience of your theory. Be able to back up your ideas with evidence.

  • Use full sentences in your writing and use the vocabulary words in your case file.

  • Remember, only use your evidence. Do not present the ideas of others.

  • Make the main focus of your project the local geology, not the formation of the earth (1-2 panels only on this if you include it).

  • Have fun! Present your best work! Spend the time to do it right!

  • 4th graders – 4 panels, 5th graders – 5 panels, 6th graders – 6 panels. This is just a guideline. More panels are welcome and sometimes necessary depending on your story.


Helpful Tips for your Speech:

  • Write an introduction on a notecard. Your introduction should engage your audience, grabbing their attention.

  • Go through each panel in your presentation, without reading them word-for-word. You want to look at your audience and make eye contact. So write notecards if you have to, to remind yourself of what you want to say. Don't read straight from the notecards.

  • PRACTICE. In front of a mirror, in front of a family member or friend. This is the best way to be prepared. It is obvious those who practice and those who don't.

  • Things to practice: loud voice, looking at others, intonation (voice going up and down), hand gestures.

  • Have a closing. Write this on a notecard. We want to know when you are done.

  • There will be a panel who will ask questions at the end, so be prepared to defend your theory.

Accents Around the World

We are working on creating characters for our Improv troupes. We are practicing body stance, style of walk, and coming up with common phrases this person might say. Today we started mimicking accents from around the world. I have asked your children to practice their characters and their accents over the weekend. Here is the link we used for research:

Have fun!!

Materials Needed – Calder Projects

I am so excited to embark on an art project with your kids over the next few weeks. We are doing a study on Alexander Calder and will be making our own circus out of found objects (junk) for our first project, just as Calder did when he first started! Then we will be making wire sculptures and mobiles. In order to make this happen, I have been scrounging to find materials. We still are missing some items. Can you help?

-Wire (any size, any type, any amount)
-Wire coat hangers
-Needle nose pliers (please put a name on tools so I can return)
-Most likely, more hot glue.

Thanks so much for your support. I happen to be teaching a science unit heavy on experiments at the same time I am teaching sculpture (also heavy on materials!) I won’t always be this needy…