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Earth's Spheres Digital Lesson and Activity for Distance Learning

Grade Levels
8th - 10th
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  • Google Drive™ folder
  • Webquests
Pages
16 pages
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Description

This paperless environmental science lesson and activity is a quick and easy introduction to the four spheres of the earth: geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. A brief introduction to the cryosphere is also included.

▶️How can I use this in a virtual learning environment?

  • The digital files can be dropped right into your Google Drive. From there, you can assign the student files to your class.
  • Students can use links, videos, and other embedded items to learn new concepts and practice. Students type directly on the pages and can submit them electronically back to you or print them.

➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:

1. Hydrosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

2. Biosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

3. Atmosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

4. Geosphere/Lithosphere (in digital/paperless or print versions)

Included in this product:

  • Detailed teacher lesson plan including essential questions, standards, included resources, and materials list
  • Student web-quest on biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere as well as interactions between them
  • A short exploration of the cryosphere and its significance in climate change studies
  • A concept map to practice vocabulary

This resource was made for 1:1 classes. If you'd prefer a printable version, you can find one here.

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

My Environmental Science lessons are designed for high school students and would work well with a general level Environmental Science or Biology textbook. It is NOT designed to meet AP Environmental Science or AP Biology standards, but could supplement these courses.

Teaching Environmental Science, Biology, or Earth Science in a virtual or hybrid classroom? You may be interested in my other Environmental Science lessons:

Biosphere:

Spheres of the Earth (FREE!)

Intro to Ecology

Energy & Relationships

Species

Population Growth

World Biomes

Ecological Succession

Biodiversity

Atmosphere:

Intro to Earth's Atmosphere: Composition & Layers

Local & Global Weather Patterns

Biogeochemical Cycles: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, & Carbon

Geosphere:

Plate Tectonics & Landforms

Rocks, Minerals, & Mining

Soil Composition & Soil Erosion

Renewable & Nonrenewable Resources

Hydrosphere:

Properties of Water & The Water Cycle

Marine Biomes & Oceans

Watersheds & Surface Water

Groundwater, Aquifers, & Irrigation

Wetlands & Water Pollution

Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSMS-ESS3-5
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Examples of factors include human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion, cement production, and agricultural activity) and natural processes (such as changes in incoming solar radiation or volcanic activity). Examples of evidence can include tables, graphs, and maps of global and regional temperatures, atmospheric levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and the rates of human activities. Emphasis is on the major role that human activities play in causing the rise in global temperatures.
NGSSHS-ESS2-4
Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate. Examples of the causes of climate change differ by timescale, over 1-10 years: large volcanic eruption, ocean circulation; 10-100s of years: changes in human activity, ocean circulation, solar output; 10-100s of thousands of years: changes to Earth's orbit and the orientation of its axis; and 10-100s of millions of years: long-term changes in atmospheric composition. Assessment of the results of changes in climate is limited to changes in surface temperatures, precipitation patterns, glacial ice volumes, sea levels, and biosphere distribution.

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