An Introduction to Earth Systems

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Link to Resource: http://www.agiweb.org/education/aapg/invest/invest12.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:This investigation is designed to help participants make connections between the different components of the Earth System (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere) through observing their local outdoor area, categorizing the observations into one or more “spheres”, and drawing links between the spheres. The geosphere includes the crust and the interior of the planet. It contains all of the rocky parts of the planet, the processes that cause them to form, and the processes that have caused them to change during Earth’s history. The hydrosphere includes the planet’s water system. Its parts include oceans, lakes, rivers, and frozen water in glaciers. A special property of the fluid spheres is that their materials flow. The biosphere contains the living and once-living parts of the Earth system. It is organized into complex webs of microorganisms, animals, and plants. It also includes dead and decomposing living things and special molecules from once-living material.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.C; ESS2.D; ESS2.E; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-1; 4-ESS2-2; 5-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-7; MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; atmosphere; earth; ecosystem; environment; environmental science; geology; geoscience; high school; middle school; water; water availability
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