Lesson Plan

Why does the Washington Monument have a skeleton?

Students will discover ramifications to not constructing buildings to withstand Earthquakes.
Sonja P.
Special education instructor
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

* Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

* Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. 

Grades 6 – 9
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1 Hook

Activity: Investigating

1) Have students view video http://youtu.be/rgomsxUVa2U

2) Direct students to answer question: "What are your thoughts as to why the Washington Monument needed a "skeleton"?" via Answer Garden

3) Display all responses to class, facilitate discussion and sorting

4) Keep record of sorting

Student Instructions

1) Watch video http://youtu.be/rgomsxUVa2U

2) Proceed to http://answergarden.ch/view/127970 and input your response 

3) After the teacher shows responses, discuss/debate some of the answers - sort responses into likely/unlikely reasons


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

1) Facilitate 

Student Instructions

1) Proceed to 


2) Choose 2-3 points on this graphic (all from different plates), and respond to the question