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Water Cycle-C.E.R- 5 -Labs bundle- MS-ESS2-4
The “CER- Water Cycle Labs ” contains five labs for middle school students, this laboratory activities are aligned with the NGSS (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), ready to use. By implementin
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Pangea: Using Fossil Evidence NGSS MS-ESS2-2 and MS-ESS2-3
Students will enjoy this great hands-on, research based project to get students thinking about fossil records and how they help to show geologic changes over time. Students will learn about the theory of Pangea and Continental Drift through a slide show presentation. The will collect evidence from
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Plate Tectonics NGSS MS-ESS2-2 and MS-ESS2-3
This HUGE integrated unit combines close reading of nonfiction passages with a hands-on lab. Students will read to gather information, they will research using QR codes and urls. They will gather evidence, complete responses pages and interactive notebook flaps and folds. This unit has six pages
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Layers of the Earth Close Reading and Lab NGSS  MS-ESS2-2
Students will read rich scientific passages on the properties of the Earth’s layers and participate in hands-on activities to learn about the composition of the Earth’s layers and how they affect changes on the Earth’s surface. This resource includes 4 pages of informational text articles with a C
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MS ESS2-6 Ocean Currents  and Climate: Data Dig!!
Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on how patterns vary by latitude, altitude, and geographic land distribution. Emphasis of at
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MS ESS2-5 Air Masses and Weather: Data Dig!!
Earth Systems by Brenda Lantinga ** I suggest you print in color for graphs and maps. If that is impossible please purchase the corresponding PowerPoint Presentation by the same name, so students can see the color maps and graphs. MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to pr
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The Rock Cycle Close Read and Lab for Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-1
Students will learn about the rock cycle through hands-on labs and close reading activities. This resource includes nonfiction text passages, response pages with text dependent questions, hands-on labs and follow up pages, interactive notebook folds and flaps, slide shows, QR code research and a so
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Weathering and Erosion Lab and Close Read for Middle School MS-ESS2-2
Students will participate in hands-on activities and close reading of a nonfiction article to learn about weathering and erosion. This resource is designed to meet the standard for NGSS Earths Systems: MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have chang
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Determining Regional Climate NGSS: Weather and Climate MS-ESS2-6 (Editable)
This lesson focuses on the NGSS Standard MS-ESS2-6, determining regional climate with clear descriptions and visual representations (Common Core SL8.5) Lesson includes: *Difference btw Weather and Climate *Factors that affect the climate include: Latitude Topography Location of Lakes
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NGSS The Rock Cycle Choice Projects with Rubric!! MS-ESS2-1
This is a project designed to challenge students to demonstrate their knowledge of the model of the Rock Cycle in a different way! It is completely revisable, but includes 5 options for students to choose from as well as descriptions of each. A detailed RUBRIC is also included! The projects includ
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MS-ESS2-4 The Water Cycle Lab Stations Activity
About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each stat
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Geology in Time and Space MS-ESS2-2
Description Put Geology in Time and Space Context! Temporal Scale 30 different task cards guide students through a web exploration of 30 geologic processes. The questions included on the cards explore the temporal scale of the various geologic processes. An answer sheet for students to use is inc
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The Case of Alfred Wegener and Harry Hess (NGSS MS-ESS2-3) Sea-Floor Spreading
This engaging, fun, and rigorous NGSS aligned activity guides students through investigating the Theory of Continental Drift and Sea-Floor Spreading while learning about the contributions of Alfred Wegener and Harry Hess. Students look at fossil and landform evidence while they piece together land
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What Determines Climate Patterns Doodle Notes & Quiz  {NGSS MS-ESS2-6}
Doodle notes allow for creativity and a visual representation of the material. Doodle notes help me get a lot of information to students in a way that is not overwhelming. Doodle notes are engaging and bring notes to life. Get out the gel pens, colored pencils, and glitter pens. (I don't usually say
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MS ESS2-6 Independent Lesson Uneven Heating of the Earth
Independent One Day Lesson to work toward the Development and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on how patterns vary by latitude, altitud
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MS ESS2-5 Air Masses and Weather: PowerPoint
12 Page PowerPoint to help focus discussion and encourage the collection of data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions. Teacher Questions are provided in the Note area of the powerpoint for each slide. _____________
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Graphing Sea Floor Spreading Activity Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-2
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Plate Tectonics Pangea Plate Movement Flip Book Activity MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-2
SAVE OVER 50% with our Plate Tectonics ACTIVITIES BUNDLE! Pay just $5.75 for THIS resource PLUS 8 MORE Plate Tectonics activities! ================================================================= THIS RESOURCE: Fun addition to a NGSS middle school plate tectonics unit! Have students color and cu
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MS-ESS2-1 The Rock Cycle Lab Stations Activity
About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each stat
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Weather & Climate Adventure Quest NGSS MS-ESS2 & MS-ESS3-5.
This Adventure Quest uses the Next Generation Science Standards to cover the Water Cycle, Weather, and Global Warming. The Quest includes movies, activities, and labs. This Quest comes with a worksheet that is included on the teacher notes page, to download click the arrow on the left. AQ’s use th
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MS-ESS2-1 Layers of the Earth Register Tape Activity
Dive into the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)! Create a scale model of the layers of the Earth using register tape. Students will be able to get a good grasp on how thin the crust is compared to the rest of the layers. The finished cross-section model will be constructed to a scale of 1
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Air Masses Doodle Notes & Quiz {Works towards MS-ESS2-5}
Doodle notes allow for creativity and a visual representation of the material. Doodle notes help me get a lot of information to students in a way that is not overwhelming. Doodle notes are engaging and bring notes to life. Get out the gel pens, colored pencils, and glitter pens. (I don't usually say
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Middle School Plate Tectonics Final Project Activity NGSS MS-ESS2-2 + MS-ESS2-3
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MS-ESS2-2 Tectonic Plate Map Hunt
In this activity, students learn to read and interpret map data to understand plate tectonics and make predictions. This scaffolded activity guides students to interpret a complex map of tectonic plates, make observations, construct explanations based on diagrams and make inferences about future pl
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Atmosphere & Water Cycle Doodle Notes {Aligns with NGSS MS-ESS2-4}
Doodle notes allow for creativity and a visual representation of the material. Doodle notes help me stay on track with my pacing guide because they provide a lot of information to students in a way that is not overwhelming. Doodle notes are engaging and bring notes to life. Get out the gel pens, col
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Climate Zone Slide Show Project {Works Towards NGSS MS-ESS2-6}
Climate Zone Slide Show Project allows free exploration in researching a city's climate while providing guidelines and specific outcomes. This project can be done in a group of 2-6 students or individually. This project requires students to include latitude and landforms information as well as speci
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MS-ESS2-2 Tectonic Plate Boundaries Lab Stations Activity
About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each stat
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Plate Tectonics Test Assessment Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-3
Get kids THINKING! This is not a "definition style" test! There are diagrams to analyze, and the questions mimic how standardized tests generally ask about this topic. It includes 25 multiple choice questions and 2 open response questions covering plate boundaries and related landforms, plate tec
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Plot the Ring of Fire Activity - Clear and Simple NGSS  MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS3-2
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MS-ESS2-3: On the Move? Plate Tectonics Case Study
In this introduction to the theory of plate tectonics, students role play a conversation between Alfred Wegener and his wife, Elsa. Bringing history alive, students consider the evidence Wegener found and what it means. They also learn about some of the controversy of his ideas, offering discussio
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MS-ESS2-2: Density and Earth's Crust
This on-line simulation is a great starter activity for students to understand the mechanics of plate tectonics. Big ideas around density are used to make inferences about varying densities of the Earth's crust and its interaction with the mantle. Students are asked to infer and extrapolate their
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NGSS MS-ESS2-1 Pet Rock Picture Book Project
Not only is this project a wonderful final project when covering NGSS MS-ESS2-1, it is also the perfect project to integrate science with writing standards as well as visual arts. In this project, students create a pet rock and write a book about the rock's journey through the rock cycle. This is cr
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ENGAGING Continental Drift Activity worksheet NGSS MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-2
Engaging and effective plate tectonics activity! This is a quick yet very fun activity to support middle school students' understanding of the EVIDENCE behind continental drift. They are given actual historical quotes about what was said against Alfred Wegner when he proposed the theory of contine
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Continental Drift Homework Exit Ticket Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-2
This is a QUICK little plate tectonics homework worksheet activity that uses a prior standardized test question to review evidence for continental drift. This is a HALF PAGE worksheet so you make half the copies and cut in half. Also check out our best-selling, standards-based Plate Tectonics Test
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Plate Tectonics + Plate Boundaries QUIZ (middle) NGSS MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-2
Print and go - simple and straightforward 10 question quiz. Students will be able to recognize and identify simple diagrams of the boundary types, identify which boundary types cause sea floor spreading, and understand the terms subduction and convection. INCLUDES ANSWER KEY Also check out our
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MS ESS2-6 Earth Systems Compare and Contrast Land & Ocean Temperatures
Ocean Climates and Currents MS-ESS2-6 Earth Systems Middle School 6-8 Created By: Brenda Lantinga Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. [Cl
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Plate Tectonics Review Worksheet Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-3
This review activity sheet corresponds directly to our Plate Tectonics Test, but it works as a review worksheet or homework for plate tectonics, as well. Also check out our best-selling, standards-based Plate Tectonics FINAL PROJECT. You'll find lots of related resources in the EARTH & PLATE
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MS ESS2 -Bundled- Earth Systems
3 Full Units = 107 Pages 24 Pages: Student Pages & Answer Key Unit 1: 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. [Clarification Statement: Examples of data include sim
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Plate Tectonics & Landforms - Color + Label Activity NGSS MS-ESS2-2 MS-ESS2-3
Not just a coloring worksheet! There's more to it! This page gives middle school students specific instructions for labeling and coloring boundary types, different landforms, and lots of other features important to understanding plate tectonics. NGSS MS-ESS2-2 MS-ESS2-3 Also check out our best
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The Case of the Mixed-Up Rocks (NGSS MS-ESS2-1) [3 Rock Types]
Next Generation Science Standard MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act toget
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Cycling of Earth’s Materials Assessment NGSS MS-ESS2-1
This activity can be completed at the end of studying the NGSS MS-ESS2-1 standard as an assessment. This type of assessment allows for learning to continue while students are creating their model. It requires students to create a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of e
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Earth's Layers Quiz (Middle School)  - 2 Versions - NGSS MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-2
GET KIDS THINKING! This is not a standard "definition-style" or matching quiz! This 10 question quiz covers the basics of the layers of the Earth, but asks questions in a ways that mimics how standardized tests generally ask questions about this topic. The first 4 questions require basic unders
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Fault Type Graphic Organizer Worksheet - Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-2
Perfect activity for a plate tectonics unit! This graphic organizer serves as a place for students to organize their knowledge about normal, reverse, and strike-slip faults. They record information about plate boundaries, forces, how it is produced, and examples on Earth. Also check out our bes
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MS-ESS2-6 Ocean Currents and Climate Lab Stations Activity
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MS-ESS2-3 Continental Drift Theory Lab Stations Activity
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MS-ESS2-6 Wind Currents and Climate Lab Stations Activity
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MS ESS2-3 Evidence for Pangaea in Rocks and Fossils: Data Dig!
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. [Clarification Statement: Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of t
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MS ESS2-3 Continental Drift: Reader's Theater
Culminating Activity with all the player - rocks, fossils, mountains, sea floor, pangaea - 23 speaking parts, Several "All" roles throughout. Lots of fun - not too corny. My 6th Graders Love to end their units this way! MS-ESS2-3. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and ro
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Earthquake Quiz / Test Assessment Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-2 MS-ESS2-3
Print and go! This middle school level test covers the basics of earthquakes with 15 multiple choice and 1 open response question. Topics include the basics of: - epicenter, focus, magnitude, etc. - where earthquakes tend to occur - P and S waves (the basics!) - a seismograph measures earthquakes
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Scientific Model:  Earth's Layers TO SCALE Activity Middle School NGSS MS-ESS2-1
SAVE OVER 50% with our Plate Tectonics ACTIVITIES BUNDLE! Pay just $5.75 for THIS resource PLUS 8 MORE Plate Tectonics activities! ================================================================= THIS RESOURCE: Model the layers of the Earth TO SCALE using only paper and colored pencils! Covers NG
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Continental Drift Evidence Stations, MS-ESS2-3 Aligned
This is an awesome, interactive lesson to get your students to understand the evidence for the Theory of Continental Drift. Students will visit 6 stations, each describing a different piece of evidence. Throughout the stations activities, they will fill in their own continents handouts, showing wher
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Volcano Test / Quiz Assessment or Worksheet Middle School MS-ESS-2-2 MS-ESS2-3
Print and go! Supports: NGSS MS-ESS2-2 and MS-ESS3-2. This 12-question middle-school-level assessment covers the basics of volcanoes, including volcano-related vocabulary (cinder, shield, caldera, magma chamber, etc), the Ring of Fire, landforms caused by volcanoes, and the basics of how they eru
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