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Day 1: "Fossils and History"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

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This lesson focuses on how rocks form. Students should come away from Day 1 with the understanding that rocks are naturally occurring materials and are classified based on how they form. The concept of rock formation will reappear in the culminating writing task, as the way sedimentary rock forms is the key to scientists finding clues about the past. This lesson serves primarily to orient the students with a long text and to provide background information that will be built upon throughout the unit. Special Materials: Students need copies of the anchor text and student notes sheet.
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