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Name Of Activity topic Grade Level Earth Science Big Ideas Source Next Generation Science Standards Website
A Bit of Engineering Oceans 5-8 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet. Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes. MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. HS-ESS3-Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios. HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth's systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Visit Site
A Model of Three Faults Dynamic Planet 7-12 Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. USGS Learning Web Lesson Plans 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth's features. 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales. MS-ESS2-3. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. HS-ESS1-5. Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks. HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth'systems. HS-ESS2-3. Develop a model based on evidence of Earth's interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection. HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Visit Site
A Paste with a Taste Materials and Minerals, Natural Resources 3-8 Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources. Women in Mining Education Foundation Activities 4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers for changes in a landscape over time to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment. MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes. MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capital consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems. Visit Site
An Introduction to Earth Systems Climate, Weather, Dynamic Planet, Energy, Fossils, Materials, Minerals, Oceans, Rocks, Landforms, Soil, Water, space 4-12 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet; Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life; Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing. American Geosciences Institute 2-ESS1-1. Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. 2-ESS2-2. Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. 4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers for changes in a landscape over time to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth's features. 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes. HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth'systems. HS-ESS2-3. Develop a model based on evidence of Earth's interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection. HS-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Visit Site
Analyzing Hurricanes Using Web and Desktop GIS Weather 9-12 Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. ESRI HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate. HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth'systems. HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Visit Site
Aquifer Model in a Tank Water, Landforms 7-12 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet; Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing; Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet; Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources. Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes. HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes. HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Visit Site
Are You a Water Waster? Water K-4 Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet. Houghton Mifflin Company K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. 2-ESS2-3. Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid. 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. Visit Site
Assessing Potential Seismic Risks of Indiana Urban Populations Dynamic Planet 6-12 Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life; Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing. Indiana Geological Survey MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Visit Site
Beat the Quake dynamic Planet 6-12 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet.
Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing.
Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans.
Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Visit Site
Birdseed Mining Rocks, Materials and Minerals, Natural Resources 4-12 Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources; Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth. Women in Mining Education Foundation 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment. MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capital consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems. HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios. HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth'systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Visit Site
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