Final Project: The Earth, Inside Earth

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Follow in Jules Verne's footsteps and take a journey to the center of the earth! Middle schoolers work together to design a trip inside the earth using their knowledge from the previous lessons in the unit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the assignment; have learners write a narrative essay about their adventures, using as many relevant geology terms as possible
  • Allow project groups to choose their own starting points, or assign them different ones
  • Have groups work on class tablets or computers to design their expedition
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson requires The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan, but you could substitute a similar reading selection if the book is unavailable
  • Groups include roles for at least five members
  • The final part of a six-lesson unit
Pros

  • Project encourages group collaboration and problem-solving skills
Cons

  • Does not include a rubric