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Mountain on the Rise

Grades 7 and 8

Social Studies, Science, Art

Lesson Plan Summary

Starting with the White Mountain National Forest quarter, students will explain magma intrusion and how it affects the formation of mountain ranges, particularly Mt. Chocorua and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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National Standards associated with this lesson plan

Science

National Science Education Standards (NSES)

  • The earth processes we see today, including erosion, movement of lithospheric plates, and changes in atmospheric composition, are similar to those that occurred in the past. earth history is also influenced by occasional catastrophes, such as the impact of an asteroid or comet.
  • Lithospheric plates on the scales of continents and oceans constantly move at rates of centimeters per year in response to movements in the mantle. Major geological events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building, result from these plate motions.
  • Land forms are the result of a combination of constructive and destructive forces. Constructive forces include crustal deformation, volcanic eruption, and deposition of sediment, while destructive forces include weathering and erosion.

Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

  • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface.

Art

National Committee for Standards in the Arts (NCSA)

  • Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices.
  • Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
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White Mountain
National Forest Quarter
New Hampshire

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