Earth and Space Science Curriculum - Environmental Science Activities NGSS STEM

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    Earth Science Curriculum | Environmental Science {Both DIGITAL & PRINT}


    UPDATE: OCEANOLOGY, SPACE & SOLAR SYSTEM Resources are now included!

    Unit topics include: Rock Cycle, Rocks & Minerals, Plate Tectonics, Ecosystems, Biomes, Photosynthesis, Energy, Earth's Cycles, Weather and Climate, Volcanoes, Space, and Oceanology

    The Earth Science Curriculum Resource contains the following 6 Bundles (On Each Unit Topic):

    Reading Passages Bundle

    Interactive Notebook Bundle

    Interactive PowerPoints Bundle

    STEM Challenges Bundle

    Exams & Assessments Bundle

    Google Classroom Projects Bundle

    12 units are in each bundle. This resource contains 71 individual units/products! That is over 1250 pages/slides of material!

    MS-ESS2-1 Earth's Systems, MS-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems, MS-ESS2-3 Earth's Systems, MS-ESS2-4 Earth's Systems, MS-ESS2-5 Earth's Systems, MS-ESS2-6 Earth's Systems, MS-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity, MS-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity, MS.History of Earth, MS.Earth's Systems, MS.Weather and Climate, MS.Human Impacts

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    Here is a more in-depth look at each of the Reading Passage units:


    1.) The Steps of the Rock Cycle

    -Overview of the three types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic) and how they are formed.

    -Provides description of the step by step process of the Rock Cycle

    Keywords: igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, basalt

    2.) Changes in Our Landscape

    -Overview of the 3 types of events that create changes in our landscape (weathering, erosion, deposition)

    -Describes weathering in detail

    -Describes erosion in detail

    -Describes deposition in detail.

    Keywords: weathering, erosion, deposition, sediments

    3.) All About Igneous Rock!

    -Overview of how Igneous rocks are formed

    -Description of characteristics of igneous rock (how you can identify them)

    -Examples of different types of igneous rocks

    -Overview of intrusive and extrusive rock types

    Keywords: Igneous rock, intrusive rocks, extrusive rocks

    4.) All About Sedimentary Rock!

    -Overview of how sedimentary rocks are formed

    -Description of characteristics of sedimentary rock (how you can identify them)

    -Examples of different types of sedimentary rocks

    Keywords: sedimentary rock

    5.) All About Metamorphic Rock!

    -Overview of how metamorphic rocks are formed

    -Description of characteristics of metamorphic rock (how you can identify them)

    -Examples of different types of metamorphic rocks

    Keywords: metamorphic rock



    1.) All About Minerals: The Building Blocks of Rocks

    Overview of where minerals are found and how rocks are “built” with minerals

    -Provides examples of different minerals (even in household items)

    -Overview of the 5 requirements to be a mineral

    Keywords: Mineralogy, minerals

    2.) How to Identify a Mineral

    -Brief description of the different ways you can identify a mineral (luster, mineral hardness, testing mineral powder, density, fracture type)

    -Overview of luster, Mohs Scale, Streak Test, Density formula, fractures

    Keywords: streak plate, Mohs Scale, density

    3.) Mineral Properties and Luster

    -Overview of how luster is the way the way light reflects off of a mineral’s surface

    -Description of each type of luster, providing examples of minerals with each type.

    Keywords: luster, metallic, submetallic, adamantine, vitreous, resinous, waxy, pearly, dull

    4.) The Mohs Scale and Fracture Types

    -Overview of the Mohs Scale and what it measures.

    -Describes how glass is often used to test the hardness of the mineral

    -Overview of the different hardness levels and the common minerals associated with them

    Keywords: Mohs Scale, fracture, cleavage, cleavage plane, splintery fracture, uneven fracture, conchoidal fracture, earthy fracture, hackly fracture



    1.) Pangaea & The Continental Drift

    -Description of Pangaea (the hypothetical supercontinent that includes all current land masses)

    -Alfred Wegener and his theory

    -Describes continental drift and defines the different parts of the earth that can slide, move apart, or move together.

    Keywords: Pangaea, Alfred Wegener, continental drift, continental plate, oceanic plate, ocean trenches, lithosphere, mid-ocean ridge, oceanic crust, geologist

    2.) Volcanoes, Tsunamis, And Earthquakes, Oh My!

    -Overview of geological events that can occur after the shifting of tectonic plates.

    -Description of volcanoes and where they are located (and why)

    -Description of tsunamis and where they are located

    -Description of earthquakes and where they tend to occur. Also describes what can happen after an earthquake (volcanic eruption, landslide, etc.)

    3.) Plate Tectonics: How Plates Move

    -Overview of the mechanics of how tectonic plates move

    -Describes transform boundaries, divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries in detail

    -Describes why plates move (convective flow)

    Keywords: transform boundaries, divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries, convective flow

    4.) All About Seismic Waves

    -Overview of seismic waves

    -Overview of how they are recorded (seismograph) and the different parts of a seismograph

    -Definitions of P waves, S waves, surface waves, and body waves

    -How seismic waves are produced (by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, explosions)

    Keywords: seismograph, seismic waves, P waves, S waves, surface waves, body waves



    1.) The Levels of Organization and Components of an Ecosystem

    -Overview of the definition of ecosystem, how it is made up of living and non-living things to help sustain life (biotic and abiotic)

    -Types of biotic factors – producers, decomposers, consumers

    -Abiotic factors that are important for survival (sunlight, temperature, water)

    -The levels of organization within an ecosystem (ecosystem, community, population, habitat, niche, and single organism or life form) definition of each level

    Keywords: biotic factors, abiotic factors, producers, consumers, decomposers, ecosystem, community, population, habitat, niche, organism

    2.) The Food Chain: Moving Through the Ecosystem

    -Overview of how energy (or food/nutrients) moves and flows through the ecosystem, getting passed from life form to life form.

    -Describes the primary consumer (herbivores) (rabbit, goose, squirrel etc.) eats plants/autotrophs

    -Description of how energy flows down to the secondary consumer (consumes the primary consumer

    Keywords: food chain, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer, decomposer

    3.) The Producers and Consumers of an Ecosystem

    -Overview of what producers are (plants – can make their own food by using sunlight as energy)

    -Overview of autotrophs (self-feeders/producers)

    -Examples of autotrophs (algae, all green plants, bacteria)

    -Overview of what consumers are (heterotrophs- unable to make their own food, consume energy)

    -Types of heterotrophs in detail – omnivores, carnivores, herbivores, scavengers, and predators

    Keywords: producers, consumers, autotrophs, heterotrophs

    4.) Changes In Our Ecosystems: Human Activities and Natural Events

    -Description of how different events such as natural occurrences or human activity can impact our ecosystems.

    -Provides specific examples of each natural event (hurricane, drought, tsunami, earthquake, etc.) and how it impacts our ecosystems

    -Provides specific examples of human activities (logging, hunting/poaching, irrigation, construction, pollution) and how it impacts our ecosystems

    5.) Soil and the Ecosystem

    -Overview of what is found in soil. How soil is essential to sustain life

    -Overview of the different types of layers found in soil

    -detailed description of topsoil, subsoil, parent rock, minerals, and bedrock

    Keywords: soil, humus, minerals, top soil, subsoil, parent rock, minerals, bedrock



    1.) Life in the Tundra

    -Overview and facts about the Tundra biome (climate, weather, etc.)

    -Overview of the locations around the world (northern Canada, Siberia, Alaska, coastal Antarctica, etc.)

    -Overview of the types of plants found in the Tundra

    -Adaptations the animals have in order to survive the cold weather

    Keywords: permafrost, tundra

    2.) Tropical Rainforests Around the World

    -Overview and facts about the Tropical Rainforest biome (climate, weather, etc.)

    -Overview of the locations around the world

    -Overview of the types of plants found in the Tropical Rainforest

    Keywords: humid, emergent layer, canopy, understory, forest floor

    3.) Facts of the Savanna Grasslands

    -Overview and facts about the Grasslands/Savanna biome (climate, weather, etc.)

    -Overview of the locations around the world (Africa, Australia, etc.)

    -Overview of the types of plants found in the Savann

    Keywords: Savanna, grasslands

    4.) Surviving the Desert Biome

    -Overview and facts about the desert biome (climate, weather, etc.)

    -Overview of the locations around the world (Namib in Africa, Sahara in Africa, etc.)

    -Overview of the types of plants found in the desert

    -Description of the adaptations the plants have in the desert to survive the hea

    Keywords: succulents, Sahara desert, water conservation

    5.) The Four Seasons of the Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome

    -Overview and facts about the Temperate Deciduous Forest biome (climate, weather, how it’s always changing seasons)

    -Overview of the locations around the world (eastern United States and Canada, Japan, etc.

    Keywords: temperate, deciduous

    6.) Under the Sea: Saltwater Aquatic Biome

    -Overview and facts about the aquatic biome (75% of earth’s surface, temperature and other abiotic factors that play a role, ocean zones etc.)

    -Overview of the locations around the world (Atlantic, Pacific, etc.)

    -Overview of the types of plants found in the Saltwater Aquatic biome

    -Description of the adaptations the plants have in the ocean to survive

    -Types of animals that live in the ocean

    -Adaptations the animals have in order to survive

    Keywords: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic, abiotic factors



    1.) The Process of Photosynthesis

    -Overview of how the process allows plants to make their own food.

    -Overview of step by step process (Energy from the sun is absorbed by the chlorophyll in the chloroplasts, water is absorbed by the roots, Carbon dioxide is taken from the atmosphere through the stomata (leaves), glucose is produced by the plant in a different part of the chloroplasts)

    Keywords: photosynthesis, chlorophyll, chloroplasts, carbon dioxide, stomata, glucose

    2.) The Basic Structure of a Flower

    -Overview of each part of the plant

    keywords: filament, petal, ovary, pistil, receptacle, sepal, pollen tube, stigma, stamen, fruit, style, anther, ovule

    3.) All About Chloroplasts

    -Overview of the purpose of chloroplasts (converts sunlight into food energy that plants need)

    -Where they are found in plants, how they benefit plants

    -parts of the chloroplasts

    keywords: chloroplasts, granum, stroma lamellae, outer membrane, inner membrane)

    4.) Parts of a Leaf

    -Overview of how the parts of a leaf work together to help the plant stay healthy.

    -Overview of each part of a leaf (leaf margin, midrib, leaf blade, stipule, leaf base, petiole, leaf apex)

    Keywords: leaf margin, midrib, leaf blade, stipule, leaf base, petiole, leaf apex, guard cell, cuticle, stoma, upper epidermis, spongy layer, vein, lower epidermis, palisade cell

    5.) How Water Moves Through Plants

    -Overview of the three forces that help water move through plants

    -Description of how root pressure occurs as the water moves in

    -Description of how capillary action pulls the water up through the xylem

    -lastly, transpiration occurs (loss of water through the plant leaves) Water is given off into the air through the leaves’ stomata.

    Keywords: root pressure, capillary action, transpiration


    Energy Reading Passages:

    1.) Let’s Get the Ball Rolling with Kinetic and Potential Energy

    -Overview of kinetic energy (object that is in motion)

    -how it is measured (joule)

    speed, mass, and velocity determine kinetic energy

    -various examples of kinetic energy (A tennis ball thrown in the air, a basketball rolling down a hill)

    -Overview of potential energy (object that is storing energy)

    Keywords: kinetic energy, potential energy, joule,

    2.) Heating Things Up with Thermal (Heat) Energy

    -Overview of thermal energy (generated by heat, molecules moving in an object, kinetic energy)

    -Description of how heat transfer works

    -Three types of heat transfer

    Keywords: thermal energy, heat transfer, conduction, convection, radiation

    3.) Getting Energized with Chemical Energy

    -Overview of chemical energy (energy stored in the bonds of chemicals and released during a chemical reaction)

    -Various examples of chemical energy (batteries, fuel, coal, matches, wood, etc.) each example, explanation of how energy is being released.

    Keywords: chemical energy, chemical reaction, exothermic

    4.) Types of Circuits and Electrical Energy

    -Overview of electrical energy (negatively and positively charge electrons in a circuit)

    -Description of how it can produce different types of energy, such as light, thermal, and sound energy.

    -Description of the different circuit types

    Keywords: electrical energy, negatively charged electrons, positively charged electrons, circuit, open circuit, closed circuit, parallel circuit, series circuit

    5.) Creating Waves with Light and Sound Energy

    Overview of Light energy (energy our eyes can detect and made up of electro-magnetic radiation)

    -Overview of Sound energy

    Keywords: light energy, sound energy, natural light, artificial light, absorption, refraction, reflection, transmission, longitudinal waves, pitch, volume, frequency



    1.) The Carbon Cycle

    -Overview of the carbon cycle and its importance. Definition of carbon and how it is an organic compound that carries out life processes.

    -How it is constantly cycled in plants, through the oceans, in animals, and the atmosphere.

    -Overview of each step of the carbon cycle

    Keywords: carbon cycle, factory emissions, animal respiration (cellular respiration), fossil fuels, photosynthesis,

    2.) The Nitrogen Cycle

    -Overview of the nitrogen cycle and its importance to organisms being able to carry out life’s processes (i.e. proteins contain nitrogen)

    -Overview of the steps of the nitrogen cycle

    Keywords: Nitrogen cycle, nitric acid, nitrates, nitrites, nitrogen gas, nitrogen-fixing bacteria

    3.) The Water Cycle

    Overview of how water is necessary for all organism survival

    -Cycled amongst three states of matter – The sun’s energy affects the different stages

    -Overview of evaporation

    -Description of condensation

    -Description of precipitation

    -Overview of collection/runoff

    Keywords: water cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection, runoff

    4.) The Oxygen Cycle

    Definition and overview of oxygen and its importance to life on earth. Cycled between and outside organisms and throughout biosphere.

    -Plants create and release oxygen through photosynthesis, putting it in the atmosphere

    -Animal breath in oxygen, utilizing oxygen in cellular respiration and breath out carbon dioxide (making C02)

    -Plants use the carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, turning it into sugar and other compounds. They also produce oxygen, completing the cycle.

    Keywords: oxygen, animal respiration, photosynthesis



    1.) Weather and Clouds Types

    -Definition of weather (state of the atmosphere at a given place or time)

    -Words you would use to describe weather (stormy, rainy, partly cloudy, etc.)

    -Overview of different types of clouds and definitions: cumulus, stratocumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, stratus

    Keywords: weather, clouds, tropospheric layer, cumulus, stratocumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, stratus

    2.) Climate and its Zones

    -Definition of climate (conditions of atmosphere for longer period)

    -Words you would use to describe climate (humid, temperature, tropical, etc.)

    -Climate zones, how they work and the differences in location and climate

    -Overview and facts about Polar Zone

    -Overview and facts about Temperate Zone

    -Overview and facts about Tropical Zone

    Keywords: climate, climate zones, humidity, polar zone, temperate zone, polar zone

    3.) Weather and Climate Instruments

    -Quick overview of how and why different types of instruments are used to measure weather and climate

    Definitions and overviews of the following instruments: barometer, thermometer, weather balloon, and rain gauge

    Keywords: barometer, thermometer, weather balloon, rain gauge

    4.) Extreme Weather

    What causes extreme weather (heat from the sun – extremely high and low pressure) and global warming

    -definition of extreme weather (extremely different from usually weather patterns.) Destructive, can be hotter, colder, wetter, windier, etc.

    Types of extreme weather

    5.) Global Warming and Its Effects

    -What global warming is and what is contributing to it (human activity, relying on fossil fuels – construction, transportation, and electricity burning fossil fuels and using up energy)

    -Overview of chemical fertilizers (nitrogen oxides trap heat)

    -Overview of power plants burning fossil fuels

    Keywords: Global Warming, greenhouse effect, deforestation, fossil fuels, carbon dioxide

    6.) The Earth’s Atmosphere

    -Overview of the atmosphere, definition, made up of 5 layers, each with their own traits.

    -troposphere (first layer closest to earth, where nearly all weather occurs)

    -stratosphere (contains ozone layer and is above the troposphere)

    -mesosphere (third layer - burns up meteors and asteroids)

    -thermosphere (fourth layer – air is very thin, many satellites orbit in this layer)

    -exosphere (outermost layer – incredibly thin air, “leaks out” into outer space – no specific boundaries into outer space)

    Keywords: atmosphere, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere



    1.) All About Volcanoes

    -Definition of volcano and overview of how most volcanoes are formed.

    -Overview of how rock in the mantle begins to melt and becomes magma, moving through the vent from the magma chamber (becomes lava when it reaches the surface of the earth)

    -Overview of the different parts of a volcano

    Keywords: volcano, magma chamber, magma, lava, vent, lava flow, rock fragments, conduit, ash cloud

    2.) Volcanic Landforms

    -Introduction to the different types of volcanoes and why they are formed differently.

    -overview and description of a composite volcano

    -overview and description of a cinder cone volcano

    -overview and description of a shield volcano

    -overview and description of a caldera

    Keywords: volcanic landforms, composite volcano, cinder cone volcano, shield volcano, caldera

    3.) Geothermal Features

    -Definition of geothermal features and how they are created (heat from the earth’s interior or magma/volcanic activity)

    -overview and description of fumaroles

    -overview and description of geysers

    -overview and description of hot springs

    -overview and description of mud pools

    Keywords: geothermal features, fumaroles, geysers, hot springs, mud pools

    4.) Hazards of Volcanic Activity

    -Description of how volcanic activity can be hazardous to us and our environment. Brief overview of different types.

    -description of pyroclastic flow

    -description of lava flow

    -description of mud flow

    -description of volcanic bombs

    -description of tsunamis

    -description of ash

    Keywords: volcanic activity, pyroclastic flow, lava flow, mud flow, volcanic bombs, tsunamis, ash


    Here is a more in-depth look at each of the Interactive Notebook units:

    Materials include: Interactive notebook covers for each of the 10 units, reading passages, answer keys, critical thinking and analysis questions, flaps, foldables, graphic organizers, and more.

    Several STEM Activities included & NGSS Aligned!

    Here is a more in-depth look at each of the Interactive Notebook units:

    Rock Cycle Unit:

    Topics covered in this unit include: The three main rock types – igneous (intrusive versus extrusive), sedimentary, metamorphic, weathering, erosion, deposition, the rock cycle, magma, crystallizing, basalt, sediments, fossil fuels, limestone, slate, marble

    Plate Tectonics Unit:

    Topics covered in this unit include: Pangaea, Alfred Wegener, continental drift, tectonic plates, Ring of Fire, geologists, volcanoes, continental plate, oceanic plate, ocean trenches, ridge, geologists, seismic waves, density, layers of the earth, convection currents, subduction

    Rocks, Minerals, & Gems Unit:

    Topics covered in this unit include: Mineralogy, minerals (the 5 mineral requirements), Identifying Minerals: luster types, cleavage & fracture types, density, Mohs scale, streak test, sedimentary rocks, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks, sediments, rock cycle, weathering, erosion, deposition, gemstones

    Volcanoes Unit:

    Topics covered in this unit include: volcanology, parts of a volcano (vent, magma chamber, conduit, ash cloud, branch pipe), volcanic landforms (composite, shield, cinder cone), calderas, other geothermal features, geysers, hot spots, fumaroles, mud pools, pyroclastic flow, lahars (mudflows), igneous rock, volcanic bombs

    Ecosystems Unit:

    Topics covered in this unit include: Biotic & Abiotic Factors, Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers, Food Chains, Heterotrophs and Autotrophs, Food Webs, Natural Events Versus Human Activities (Changes in Ecosystems), Predator, Prey, Parasite, Host, Community, Habitats, Niche, Energy Pyramids, and much more!

    Earth's Cycles Unit:

    Topics covered in this unit include:

    Nitrogen Cycle (Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria, Nitric Acid, Nitrogen Decomposing, Nitrates to Nitrites)

    Carbon Cycle (CO2 Cycle, Dead Organisms, Ocean Exchange/Uptake, Fossil Fuels, Animal Respiration, Photosynthesis, Factory Emissions),

    Water Cycle (Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Collection, Runoff),

    Oxygen Cycle(Animal Respiration, Photosynthesis)

    Photosynthesis Unit:

    Topics covered in this unit include:

    Photosynthesis (Sun Energy, Carbon Dioxide, Glucose Production, Oxygen Release, Water, Roots, & Minerals), Parts of a Leaf – Basic Flower Structure, Chloroplasts, Chlorophyll, Xylem, Epidermis, How Water Moves Through Plants (Transpiration, Root Pressure, Capillary Action) Respiration, and much more!

    Biomes Unit:

    Biomes covered in this unit include:

    Savanna/Grasslands, Aquatic (Salt-Water), Tropical Rainforest Forest, Desert, & Tundra Biomes!

    Environment, Plants, Animals, and Adaptations Covered in Each Biome!

    Energy Unit:

    Energy types covered in this unit include:

    Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Thermal Energy, Chemical Energy, Light Energy, and Sound Energy!

    Fun interactive activities and foldables for students to learn facts about each energy type!

    Weather & Climate Unit:

    Weather & Climate Topics Include:

    Climate, Atmosphere, Exosphere, Thermosphere, Mesosphere, Stratosphere, Ozone Layer, Troposphere, Humidity, Fronts, Global Warming Greenhouse Effect, Weather Instruments (Barometer, Thermometer, Anemometer, Weather Balloon, Rain Gauge, Extreme Weather, Cloud Types (Cirrus, Cumulonimbus, Cumulus, Stratocumulus, Stratus)


    Earth Science STEM Challenges Bundle

    These resources has science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really enhance their learning!

    This bundle contains 9 StudentSavvy STEM Resources! Photosynthesis, Ecosystems, Rock Cycle, Biomes, Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, Energy, Earth's Cycles, and Weather STEM Challenges!

    Watch a video of the challenges in action here!

    There are 15 STEM Challenges in this pack. Each STEM Challenge has detailed directions, photo examples, a list of materials needed, prediction section, brainstorming section, trials 1, 2, & 3, final results section with drawings, and a reflection section.

    The STEM Challenges include:

    Biomes STEM Challenge

    -Biomes Survival Challenge!

    The STEM group of students must first decide on a plush or plastic animal to bring to school. They must also decide on a specific biome that the animal is going to survive in. The animal they choose for this challenge may not already have adaptations suited for the chosen biome. The students must come up with at least 4 different adaptations for their animal.

    Ecosystems STEM Challenge

    Food Web Marble Maze Challenge!

    The assigned STEM group must first choose a biome or type of ecosystem. (ex: Tundra, Grassland, Forest) Using the materials below, students must create a marble run that features different levels of the food web. They must include a producer, a primary consumer, secondary consumer, and a tertiary consumer.

    Weather STEM Challenges

    -Barometer Challenge!

    Using a list of supplies, students must design a type of barometer that measures changes in the atmospheric pressure.

    -Anemometer Challenge

    Using a list of supplies, students must design an anemometer that accurately measures wind speed. They must be able to measure how many spins the device makes per minute by marking one of the revolving cups.

    Energy STEM Challenges

    -Marble Run Challenge!

    Using a list of supplies, students must design a marble run that showcases both kinetic and potential energy at use.

    - Solar Oven Challenge

    Using a list of supplies, students must a solar oven that captures sunlight and retains heat.

    Plate Tectonics STEM Challenges

    - Seismograph Challenge!

    Using a list of supplies, students must design a seismograph that can record movement or shaking. The seismograph must have a base, a hanging weight, and a frame. The paper that the seismic waves are recorded on must be able to be pulled through the device so new data can be recorded.

    -Earthquake-Resistant Bridge Challenge! Using a list of supplies, students must construct a bridge that can withstand a major earthquake. The structure must be flexible enough so it can absorb the shaking, but not fall apart.

    Rock Cycle STEM Challenges

    -Rock Cycle Crayon Challenge!

    Students must demonstrate the rock cycle and the different rock formations that occur during the process. All three types of rock must be present in the cycle. Students must save a small sample of rock during each phase and it must be labeled which type it is. STEM groups have three trials to complete the challenge.. They must complete the challenge in 75 minutes.

    - Weathering and Erosion Challenge! ar cubes and decide on different weathering and erosion strategies for each rock cliff (one strategy per rock cliff). A strategy can be a combination of wind and rain effects or another way to break down the rocks.

    Photosynthesis STEM Challenges

    - Building a Greenhouse Challenge!

    Using a list of supplies, students must design a greenhouse that can hold at least 4 small plants. Each plant must be protected from weather elements and pests.

    - Capillary Action Challenge!

    Using a list of supplies, students must demonstrate how water moves through plants. They must build a plant with the materials and label where capillary action, root pressure, and transpiration are demonstrated in their design.

    Volcanoes STEM Challenges

    - Erupting Volcanoes Challenge!

    Using a list of supplies, STEM groups must design three volcanoes: a composite volcano, a cinder cone volcano, and a shield volcano. They must create mixtures that represent each type of volcanic eruption from the three volcanoes (3 mixtures - more information provided in the resource).

    - Flowing Lava Challenge! Using a list of supplies, students must create the three different types of lava: basaltic, andesitic, and rhyolitic lava.

    Earth’s Cycles - Water STEM Challenges

    Water Cycle Challenge!

    Using a list of supplies, students must create a device that demonstrates each phase of the water cycle.


    Earth Science Interactive PowerPoint Bundle

    ***Watch this quick preview video to see these Interactive PowerPoints in action! (This is a fast motion screen capture of the resource).

    These teaching resources are quite the virtual experience! The Earth Science PowerPoints can be used as powerful classroom presentations or students can click their way through them on individual computers.***However it should not be used in Google Slides, only the PowerPoint application.

    Earth Science Series

    This resource contains the following units:

    Rock Cycle Unit

    Plate Tectonics Unit

    Rocks, Minerals, & Gems Unit

    Volcanoes Unit

    Ecosystems Unit

    Earth's Cycles Unit

    Photosynthesis Unit

    Biomes Unit

    Energy Unit

    Weather & Climate Unit:

    ***This product was created with the latest version of PowerPoint (2016). The effects and transitions may not display properly on older versions.

    This teaching resource was created using licensed graphics from clipartists listed in the resource. It is an absolute violation of copyright law to ”lift” the graphics or text for other purposes.


    Earth Science Student Projects for Google Classroom!

    20 digital / paperless projects for your students!

    Earth Science Series

    This product contains 20 digital projects for 10 units that students can complete using Google Slides! (Google Classroom)

    The 10 units include: Plate Tectonics, Ecosystems, The Rock Cycle, Rocks & Minerals, Volcanoes, Earth’s Cycles, Photosynthesis, Biomes, Energy, and Weather.

    Each student-centered project has a sample project, and detailed project instructions for the students.

    This bundled resource contains the following StudentSavvy Products: (individual units)

    Plate Tectonics Google Projects

    Ecosystems Google Projects

    The Rock Cycle Google Projects

    Rocks, Minerals, & Gems Google Projects

    Volcanoes Google Projects

    Earth’s Cycles Google Projects

    Photosynthesis Google Projects

    Biomes Google Projects

    Energy Google Projects

    Weather & Climate Google Projects

    Info-graphic / Poster Projects

    Students pick a topic that they would like to research on with the specific unit. All of the elements in the info-graphic must be organized, clearly visible, and well placed. Creativity with color and photos is a must! **More instructions found in the resource

    Brochure Projects

    Using templates, students design brochures that highlight important facts and topics

    from the unit.


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches). Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.
    Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample. Examples of experiments could include comparing final water temperatures after different masses of ice melted in the same volume of water with the same initial temperature, the temperature change of samples of different materials with the same mass as they cool or heat in the environment, or the same material with different masses when a specific amount of energy is added. Assessment does not include calculating the total amount of thermal energy transferred.
    Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.
    Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.


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