What Lies Beneath the Upper Crust?

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/what-lies-beneath-upper-crust
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); JOI Learning
Summary:Bombarded by Web sites, the evening news, newspapers, and popular magazines, citizen scientists often have to interpret scientific information directly from the media. Sometimes this can be a confusing process. How can you, as a citizen scientist, figure out whether science information you get from the media is reliable? More importantly, how can you find out what the information means for your life and the decisions you make? The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), an international marine research program, offers a unique perspective on these issues. Like many research organizations, IODP sends press releases about scientific discoveries to the media that you may eventually read, hear, or see reported. This activity will use IODP as an example to help you find ways of checking science news stories for accuracy.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: citizen science; earth science week; reading; research
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