WORKSHOP: Earth Science Outside: ROCKS and MINERALS of the Wasatch Front                              

OPTIONAL before the workshop.


READING ASSIGNMENT for Earth Science Outside= Chapter 7 (p. 169 – 199) of

National Research Council. (2012). A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Committee on a Conceptual Framework for New K-12 Science Education Standards. Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.



There are several ways to access this chapter. It’s 33 pages long.

Access via Earth Science Education’s web site at . Then click on ROCKS and MINERALS links and it’s listed there.


Or access the chapter via the National Research Council web site. . There’s no charge to download the entire book. It’s available to buy in paperback and eBook formats.


Or… should you have high tolerance and even want to listen to the chapter, read with comments for comprehension, you’ll have the option of your instructor, Genevieve Atwood, reading it. That set of MP3 recordings will be on a memory stick with other resources for the workshop.


We suggest you read the entire 33 pages… but first read the coaching by Harvard Health


SECTIONS ASSIGNED during ROCKS and MINERALS workshop (with worksheets to encourage reflective thinking:

For Day 2 of workshop                   p. 179 -182.         Earth and Space Sciences… Earth Systems… Earth Materials and Systems (abbreviated ESS2 and ESS2.A)

For Day 3 of workshop                   p. 184-186           ESS2.B Roles of Water in Surface Processes; and also

For Day 3 of workshop                   p. 189-190           ESS2.E Biogeology

For Day 5 of workshop                   p. 190-192           ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, ESS3.A Natural Resources


PURPOSE of the reading: appreciate the scope of knowledge within this “core” discipline of science, meaning the scope of knowledge within Earth and Space Sciences. Prepare for the new SEEd approach to content knowledge (Disciplinary Core Ideas)

PURPOSE of the worksheets or reflective writing (handed out in class): (1) slow down and reflect on your content knowledge of Earth and Space Sciences and (2) imagine how you can relate content knowledge to how you teach Rocks and Minerals… perhaps outside, right here along the Wasatch Front.