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The Effects of Constructive and Destructive Forces

Danielle Leepow from KIPP South Fulton

Grade Level

Fifth Grade

Content Area/Instructional Strategy


During this three-week, flipped classroom unit, students investigate how constructive and destructive forces constantly change the Earth’s surface, and how scientists attempt to control these forces’ effects through tools and human intervention. Through Lego construction, video creation, group discussion, and hands-on activities, students learn how deposition, earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, and erosion can build or destroy the Earth’s surface. The unit concludes with students predicting and attempting constructive and destructive forces, and debating the advantages and disadvantages of human intervention and technology.

Standards Addressed

S.5.E.1a, S.5.E.1b, S.5.E.1c

About the Teacher

Danielle LeePow
KIPP South Fulton Academy

Danielle LeePow is currently a 5th grade Science Teacher at KIPP South Fulton Academy in East Point, GA. Ms. LeePow holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Howard University and a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University. She has served as the grade level coordinator over character building, field lessons, the fire station, and century club, and as a chapter sponsor for the Beta Club.