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Name Of Activity topic Grade Level Earth Science Big Ideas Source Next Generation Science Standards Website
Dino Facts Fossils 6-12 Big Idea 2: Earth is 4.6 billion years old; Big Idea 6: Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth University of California, Museum of Paleontology 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. HS-ESS1-6. Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth's formation and early history. Visit Site
Dinosaur Body Structure Fossils 1-5 Big Idea 2: Earth is 4.6 billion years old; Big Idea 6: Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth 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. 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Visit Site
Dinosaur Footprints Fossils 3-9 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 3-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. MS-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. MS-LS4-2. Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. Visit Site
Dinosaur Names Fossils K-8 Big Idea 2: Earth is 4.6 billion years old; Big Idea 6: Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth University of California, Museum of Paleontology 3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. MS-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. Visit Site
Disaster Supplies Kit Weather, Dynamic Planet K-12 Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. FEMA/American Red Cross K-ESS3-2. Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather. 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. 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
Discovering Fossils Fossils K-12 Big Idea 2: Earth is 4.6 billion years old. National Park Service 3-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. MS-LS4-2. Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. Visit Site
Dome Mountains Dynamic Planet, Landforms 3 Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing; Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans. Utah Geological Survey 2-ESS2-2. Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. Visit Site
Dynamic Wetlands Water 9-12 Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet. Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network, School of Natural Resources
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HS-LS2-4. Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. 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
Earth Learning Idea Climate, Weather, Dynamic Planet, Energy, Fossils, Materials, Minerals, Oceans, Rocks, Landforms, Soil, Water, space, Natural Resources K-12 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 5: Earth is the water planet; Big Idea 6: Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth; Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources; Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans; Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth. Earth Sciences for Society This site contains a wide range of activities that altogether address the majority of Earth and Space Sciences standards for K-12. Visit Site
Earth's Hydrologic Cycle Water K-12 Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet. Orange County Marine Institute Curriculum Series 2-ESS2-3. Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid. 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. HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes. Visit Site