Investigating Earth Systems: Oceans

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Resource Type:Curricula and Instruction; Curriculum Materials
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:It's About Time
Summary:Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. In this module, students will investigate: properties of seawater, how ocean water circulates and how currents are formed, different features of the ocean floor and how the ocean floor is mapped, and how the ocean floor got its shape. 
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 5
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-4; MS-ESS2-5; MS-ESS2-6
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models
Subjects: currents; mapping; oceans
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