EarthComm: Earth System Evolution

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Resource Type:Curricula and Instruction; Curriculum Materials
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:It's About Time
Summary:The module, Earth System Evolution leads students to an understanding of changes in the earth system that have created the present physical environment and the evolution of life using a student based inquiry approach. The module consists of three chapters: Astronomy, Climate Change, and Changing Life. The chapters lead students from an understanding of the formation of our planet and its role as a subsystem in a dynamic universe, to an examination of the relationships between the physical environment and climate through time, and finally to an understanding of how and why the organisms found in their community have changed over time.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 6; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.A; ESS3.D; LS4.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS1-1; HS-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-3; HS-ESS3-5; HS-ESS3-6; HS-LS4-5; HS-LS4-6
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: astronomy; climate change; earthcomm; ecology; ecosystem
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