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Name Of Activity topic Grade Level Earth Science Big Ideas Source Next Generation Science Standards Website
What Do Maps Show? Climate, Weather, Dynamic Planet, Energy, Fossils, Materials, Minerals, Oceans, Rocks, Landforms, Soil, Water, space, Natural Resources 5-8 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet. USGS 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth?s features. Visit Site
What Lies Beneath the Upper Crust Dynamic Planet 6-9 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet. JOI Learning, 2006 None Visit Site
What's in My Soil? Classroom Activity Soil 7-12 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. USGS 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-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-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. 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
Where Can I see the Sea Oceans 5-8 Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life; Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet. University of California, Museum of Paleontology 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. Visit Site
Where Growth Meets Growth Materials and Minerals, Energy, Natural Resources 5-12 Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. DiscoverySchool.com Credit: Susan Hurstcalderone, science and resource teacher, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Visit Site
Who Dunit? and the Law of Superposition (PDF) Dynamic Planet, Rocks, Landforms K-5 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet.; Big Idea 2: Earth is 4.6 billion years old; Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life; Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing; Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. USGS 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. Visit Site
Who's On First Fossils 5-12 Big Idea 2: Earth is 4.6 billion years old University of California, Museum of Paleontology 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. Visit Site
Wild Weather Learning module for satellite meteorology, weather 7-12 Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) 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-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. Visit Site
Your Own El Ni?o Weather 8-10 Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. National Weather Service 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. 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. Visit Site
Your Own Greenhouse Climate, Weather 3-5 Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life. ARM and the U.S. Department of Energy 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Visit Site
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