Teaching Every Pebble Tells a Story

1. Understanding the SCoPE Unit

Understanding the SCoPE Unit

The activity Every Pebble Tells a Story is in the SCoPE science curriculum in two places. It is in Unit 4 of sixth grade (Plate Tectonics and Earth History) and in Unit 5 of high school Earth Systems Science (Structure and Dynamics of the Solid Earth). It would be best if students experience the activity in both courses because their proficiency in deducing and describing in writing the geologic history of a rock sample can advance over time given the repeated learning opportunities.

Both units are divided into Cycles. The activity is placed in cycles that focus on earth history and geologic time which follow activities that teaches students the fundamentals of minerals, rocks, rock forming processes, and the rock cycle. In a subsequent section the point will be made that an important student prerequisite for Every Pebble Tells a Story is some rock identification skill, and knowledge of the rock cycle.

You can access the SCoPE science curriculum through the public site (http://oaklandk12.rubiconatlas.org/public) or from a district login, if you teach in one of the Oakland County public school districts. Navigate to the course and unit that best serves your teaching assignment.

Your Task:
First watch the video describing where Every Pebble Tells a Story fits in the Plate Tectonics and Earth History lesson, then go to the Atlas Rubicon web portal and review the overview of the grade level and unit appropriate for your teaching assignment. Record notes in your Learning Log on your first impressions of the Unit. Click here to access a PDF providing step by step directions for using Atlas and SCoPE or view the video below; or use both.
Click on the arrow under the video to start it.

Video on where Every Pebble Tells a Story fit in the Lesson

Video on using SCoPE


NOTE: If you are already competent in this skill because you took another workshop or have had district training, you may skip this portion of the workshop. Please make a note about your competence in the Learning Log.