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Name Of Activity topic Grade Level Earth Science Big Ideas Source Next Generation Science Standards Website
Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint? Climate 4-12 Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources; Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth. Howard Hughes Medical Institute MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. 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-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. 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
Climate Analysis Using Forams Climate, Weather 7-8 Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing. University of California, Museum of Paleontology 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
Climate and Temperature Climate, Weather 5-8 Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life. Soil Science Society of America 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment. 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
Cloud Identification Learning module for satellite meteorology, weather 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. 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. Visit Site
Connecting With Nature Climate, Landforms, Soil, Water, Weather, Dynamic Planet, Oceans 3-8 Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth. Fish & Wildlife Service 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. 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-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Visit Site
Conservation in Action Climate, Landforms, Soil, Water, Weather, Dynamic Planet 9-12 Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth. Fish & Wildlife Service HS-ESS2-7. Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth's systems and life on Earth. 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-ESS3-4. 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'systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Visit Site
Cookie Dig Fossils 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. American Geosciences Institute 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-ESS1-1. Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. 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-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment. Visit Site
Cookie 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 Activities 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-ESS3-1. 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-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios. Visit Site
Core Sampling Dynamic Planet, Energy, Climate 5-9 Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing; Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources; Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth. Society of Petroleum Engineers 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-ESS2-2. 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-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
Corn Maze Geography Climate, Weather, Dynamic Planet, Energy, Fossils, Materials, Minerals, Oceans, Rocks, Landforms, Soil, Water, space 5-12 Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet; USGS K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. 2-ESS2-2. Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth's features. 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. HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity. HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Visit Site