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Google Earth Education: Inquiry Based Lesson Plan Ages 11-14

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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In this inquiry based lesson, teachers will use the Voyager Story I am Roots as one source of information for students to consider in this inquiry investigation. Teachers can also use the map feature of Google Earth to show students where the Amazon Rainforest is located and the nine countries that it reaches.

• Teachers will present students with the inquiry, does contact with the outside world help or hurt previously uncontacted people?
• Teachers will introduce 2 or more sources of information on the topic of uncontacted people living in the Amazon Rainforest.
• Students will work to identify and classify evidence from each source in one of two categories: “help” or “hurt.”
• After reviewing the evidence, students will form a hypothesis that they will share with the class.
• With each new source of information, students will add to their evidence chart and make adjustments to their hypothesis.
• Finally, students will write an argument essay using their final hypothesis as the claim and referring to specific evidence from the sources used.




Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Emily Henderson
October 01, 2018