Curriculum Planning and Organization

Instructional Task Analysis
Grade Level: Sixth Grade
Subject/Course: Social Studies
Topic of Unit: The Earth’s Patterns and Physical Systems, and their affects on our planet
Detailed Description of Instructional Task:
Students will identify the Earth’s four physical systems, Atmosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere,
and Hydrosphere and explain how Earth’s physical systems affect and shape the environment
(G.6.3). I will present a PowerPoint presentation introducing the Earth’s physical systems. In
their cooperative groups, students will identify and explain the affect these systems and human
interaction have on the environment. Students will summarize and take notes from reference
materials investigating how natural phenomenon created by theses systems and human
interaction shape the physical environment. Students will use a cause and effect graphic
organizer to help them understand this relationship. They will create a presentation,
demonstrating their understanding of the task, using iMove and link it to a QR code that can be
scanned and viewed by classmates using their iPads. This presentation will be a formative
assessment.
Step 1: What is the academic purpose of this task? Content and context: what learning is
expected from this task?
The purpose of this task is to have students identify the Earth’s four physical systems,
Atmosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere, and Hydrosphere and explain how Earth’s physical
systems affect and shape the environment. Students will also explore the affects humans have
on the environment. This task will support students’ intellectual development by using an
inquiry-based teaching strategy. Students will summarize and take notes on relevant
information that will help them identity and explain Earth’s physical systems and how they
affect the Earth’s surface. They will also explore the affects human have on the Earth’s
environment. The purpose of the Graphic organizer is to provide concrete organization of
notes so that students can see the cause and effect relationships. Students will produce an
iMove as a formative assessment. Students will be able to view each other’s projects using the
QR codes. It is expected that students will be able to identify the Earth’s four physical
systems, explain how they affect and shape our environment, and identify ways humans affect
the environment.
Step 2: What does someone need to know and be able to do to complete the instructional
task successfully?
Students will need the following prior knowledge in order to complete the task:
1. Earth/ Sun Relationship and how it affects the environment (transfer of knowledge
from previous lesson for this same standard)
2. Use the table of contents, index, and subject headings in a reference book
3. Summarize non-fiction reference material
4. Recognize main ideas and important facts
5. Effective note-taking
6. Relationship between cause and effect
TASK ANALYSIS 3
7. How to make an iMove *
8. How a QR code works *
• Instructions on how to make an iMove and QR code will be provided; however prior
knowledge will be beneficial.
Scaffolding lessons or mini lessons may need to be prepared for the above skills to
support this task.
Step 3: Identify the standards that apply to this task – at least one content standard and
one literacy [read/writing] standard.
Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for the Social Studies (2018)
G.6.3 – Identify geographic patterns in the environment that result from the processes of
Earth’s physical systems
Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts (2016)
W.6.2 – Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts,
and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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