Unit 5 Project - Planet Earth

Congratulations! You have made it to the end of Grade 7!

You have done 4 Unit Projects so far this year, so you should have a good idea of what I expect from you in terms of effort, completion and overall expectations for good quality work. This Unit 5 Project is going to be "open ended." That means I do not have specific criteria or assignment instructions for you. Instead, you are encouraged to use your creative and scientific minds to come up with a good way of demonstrating your knowledge about the topics that we have studied in Unit 5.

This project is due before June 6, 2016. This is the last day to submit assignments to be marked for your final report card.

Your Task

Select a topic from the list below and create a presentation of the concept. Include an explanation of the concept, how it works, interesting background information and current information about it. Use your textbook, online lessons, notes and the internet for research. Remember to include any directly quoted information in "quotation marks" to show me you know that you have copied that information word-for-word. Try to use your own summary skills whenever possible.

Click on this link to see a copy of the marking rubric. Use it to self-check your work before submitting.

Your project must include:

1. A written summary or explanation of your topic. It must be at least 500 words - that's about 2 double spaced pages of 12 pt font. This should be an academic and research-based piece of writing.

2. Pictures, Diagrams (at least 5) or a 3-D model made with art supplies or recycled materials

3. Bibliography that lists all websites and books you used for your research

Topic Choices

1. Model of the Earth - Example: layers of crust/mantle/core

2. Sudden Earth Changes - Example: earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.

3. Slow Earth Changes - Example: mechanical/chemical/biological weathering

4. Rock and Mineral Classification - Example: types, characteristics, etc.

5. The Rock Cycle - Example: how it works, what it does, etc.

6. Continental Drift - Example: plate tectonics, mountain building, etc.

7. Fossils and Geological Time - Example: geological eras, fossil formation, paleontology, etc.

Project Ideas

  • Model
  • Poster
  • Illustrated Book
  • Diary or Blog
  • Timeline
  • Travel Brochure
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Tri-Board Display Presentation
  • Dramatic Presentation
  • Newspaper
  • Audio Presentation
  • Science Textbook Chapter
  • Research Report
  • Video Presentation
  • Photo Journal
  • Informative Website
  • Scientific Lecture
  • TV Documentary

Remember that this is an open-ended project. If you have an idea for a project that will demonstrate your knowledge from this unit and you don't see the option here, feel free to ask your teacher and discuss the best way to present your idea that is interesting for you and fulfills all the criteria.