Earth's Spheres and Sphere Interaction NGSS 5-ESS2-1

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Learning Objective

Students will develop a model using an example to describe ways the Earth's spheres: geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere interact.


Are you seeking a phenomena-based resource on Earth's spheres and Sphere Interaction? Students will learn about the Earth's spheres and sphere interaction by developing a model to show the 4 Earth spheres: geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere interact. Students will love these engaging activities! Great for 5th-grade science! ⚫⚪⚫⚪

This resource includes the use of phenomena. ✅

This unit explores the Earth’s four spheres ( geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere) and how they interact and exchange energy and matter. ❤️


The resource includes:

  • an informative slideshow
  • 3 pages of nonfiction text
  • response pages with text-dependent questions
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • a hands-on lab activity with follow-up pages
  • graphic organizers
  • diagrams
  • answer keys
  • an assessment in the format of end-of-year testing

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Students will learn about the interaction of the four spheres while thinking critically about the topic of sphere interaction.

Standards Addressed:

NGSS 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

This resource also aligns with Utah SEEd 5.1.3

Develop a model to describe interactions between Earth's systems including the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere. Emphasize interactions between two systems.

Science Concepts Addressed Include:





Closed system

Open system

Sphere interaction

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Examples could include the influence of the ocean on ecosystems, landform shape, and climate; the influence of the atmosphere on landforms and ecosystems through weather and climate; and the influence of mountain ranges on winds and clouds in the atmosphere. The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are each a system. Assessment is limited to the interactions of two systems at a time.


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