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Name Of Activity topic Grade Level Earth Science Big Ideas Source Next Generation Science Standards Website
BOSS Lite - Building Resonance 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. IRIS MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. 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-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth's internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. 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. HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity. 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
Build a Rain Gauge Water 5-9 Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet. NOAA MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions. MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Visit Site
Build Your Own Weather Station Weather 6-12 Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life. DiscoverySchool.com, 2005 MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions. MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Visit Site
Building a Shake Table Dynamic Planet 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 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. University at Buffalo, The State University of New York 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-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth's internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. 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
Building a Topo Model Climate, Weather, Dynamic Planet, Energy, Fossils, Materials, Minerals, Oceans, Rocks, Landforms, Soil, Water 5-12 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet; University of California, Museum of Paleontology 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. HS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth's internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. 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. Visit Site
Building and Testing Earthquake-Resistant Structures Dynamic Planet 4-8 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. American Geosciences Institute 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. 5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth. MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. 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-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth's internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. 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. HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity. 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
Building Structure Exercise Dynamic Planet 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 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. University at Buffalo, The State University of New York MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. 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-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth's internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. 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. HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity. 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
Burning Issues Energy 5-8 Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. Canadian Forestry Association 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment. 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-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. 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. MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Visit Site
Chemistry of Burning Energy, Fossils 6-8 Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth. The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology 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-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. 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. MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Visit Site
Chocolate Rock Cycle Rocks 3-8 Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing. The Geological Society of London 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. 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. MS-ESS1-4. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history. 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. Visit Site