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  Content Strands
  • Earth
  • Space
  • Physical Environment
  • Patterns and Relationships
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Problem Solving
  • Natural Environment
  • Communication
  • Composition
  • Research
  • Universal Themes
Process Strands
The four process strands are communication, problem solving/reasoning, making learning relevant, and critical thinking are addressed in all or part of each activity. Communication is a process skill that the students will use in every activity as they write, compose, draw, graph, diagram, and speak while working on the activities. Problem solving and reasoning is evident in many of the activities such as the Prospector activity which emphasizes reasoning and finding solutions to a given problem. The language arts activities are excellent examples of making learning relevant as the students are exploring life on the Okefenokee swamp and researching the Seven wonders of Georgia. Creative thinking is evident as the students will be using research skills to draw conclusions about the constant state of changes in Georgia.  
Benchmarks & Performance Standards

Language Arts

8.63 Apply reading comprehension skills.

A. Choose an appropriate reading technique.  
B. Identify causes and effect relationships.  
C. Reconstruct the sequence of events using data from a written passage.

8.64 Understand various literary structures and genres.

B. Restate the theme of a piece of literature in his/her own words

8.66 Evaluate adolescent literature in terms of personal choices and delusions.

A. Compare life experiences to that of a central character.  
B. Identify cause and effect relationships in a selection.

8.67 Apply effective speaking and listening skills..

B. Demonstrate effective presentation skills.  
C. Modify presentations for audiences and purposes.  
D. Demonstrate an understanding of the collaborative process.

8.68 Expand spoken vocabulary.

A. Apply listening skills in multimedia presentations.

8.69 Demonstrate correct usage in spoken language.

A. Decide which situations are appropriate for formal or informal language.

8.70 Apply concepts of effective writing.

A. Compose an effective introduction and conclusion.  
B. Organize ideas into paragraphs using correct usage, spelling, and capitalization.  
C. Add "effective transitions."

8.71 Expand written vocabulary.

A. Choose appropriate words for context.  
B. Compose original written pieces using selected vocabulary.

8.72 Use aspects of technology to produce an original work.

A. Incorporate multimedia into student presentation.

8.73 Apply principles of effective research.

B. Locate materials using a variety of sources.  
C. Paraphrase and summarize information from sources.  
D. Organize data and document sources.  
E. Utilize five steps of writing process.

8.74 Draw conclusions and make generalizations based on research findings.

A. Explain the purpose of the research.  
B. Defend a conclusion based on the research findings.


8.29 Read, interpret and construct tables, charts and graphs.

A. Select appropriate style and scale of graph to display information.

8.32 Generate and interpret statistics.

A. Calculate measure of central tendency (mean, median, mode, range). 
B. Construct frequency tables, scatter plots, line, bar, and circle graphs.

8.33 Demonstrate problem solving skills.

A. Select and apply an appropriate strategy. 
B. Solve real life problems involving money. 
C. Use physical models and technology to demonstrate mathematical concepts. 
D. Use calculator to solve computational problems.

8.25 Understand and apply proportions and percents in a wide variety of situations.

A. Create a model to explain percents. 
B. Compute interest and percent of change.


8.10 Explain relationships among earth's processes.

A. Identify the forces of earth's crustal plate movement. 
B. Compare the theories of continental movement. 
C. Describe the various earth formations caused by crustal movement. 
D. Analyze the cyclical flow of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. 
E. Trace earth's geological changes through time.

Social Studies

8.5 Demonstrate an ability to gain and apply information from a variety of maps.

A. Identify and locate selected places, physical features, and climate patterns. 
B. Draw conclusions from thematic maps.

8.7 Demonstrate an understanding of graphs, data, and charts.

A. Locate information. 
B. Analyze graphs, data, and charts. 
C. Evaluate graphs, data, and charts. 
D. Create graphs, data, and charts 
Content Map Reference

5e. Construct a timeline showing the earth's geological changes through time.  

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This instructional unit was developed by teachers of the 
Henry County School System
McDonough, Georgia, USA
Updated 4/18/98