This environmental science lesson introduces students to the four spheres of the earth: hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.
Items included in this product:
1. Teacher lesson plan with links to websites for content
2. Discussion questions coinciding with web-quest
3. Outdoor activity in which students classify found items into 1 of the 4 "spheres"
4. Assessment in which students create a concept map using vocabulary from the web-quest
This lesson is designed to facilitate independent learning and is ideal for a sub plan or simply to encourage self-instruction of basic concepts. If independent learning isn't your goal, it still fits perfectly into a teacher-directed curriculum.
This lesson is the introduction to my Environmental Science Series. These lessons are designed for a flipped classroom, but are easily adapted for any science teacher interested in a hands-on, project-based approach to learning.
My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:
1. Environmental Science: Atmosphere Bundle
2. Environmental Science: Biosphere Bundle
3. Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle
4. Environmental Science: Hydrosphere Bundle (coming January 2017)
Ready to spend more time practicing concepts, doing activities and labs with your class and less time droning on about vocabulary and basic ideas? So are your students! Start flipping your classroom!
What's a flipped classroom?
In a flipped science classroom, students independently gain vocabulary and basic concepts through internet webquests and videos. Then, in a teacher-guided lab activity, students are able to practice these concepts and see them come to life in real environments.
But I don't have a flipped classroom. Can I still use this product?
Absolutely! Your students can just do the independent learning and web-quests on the first day or two, then follow with the activity/lab the following day! The independent learning days are also great for subs!
Here is a list of all my flipped classroom Environmental Science lessons:
Spheres of the Earth (FREE!)
Symbiosis and Interactions
Communities & Succession
Intro to Earth's Atmosphere: Composition & Layers
Environmental Science: Nutrient Cycles
Weather for Secondary Students
Climate Change Discussion Foldable (FREE!)
Mineral Identification Activity (FREE!)
Minerals Lesson & Activity
Rocks Jigsaw: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary
Soil Horizons & Composition
Soil Erosion & Conservation: Lesson & STEAM Lab
Properties of Water & The Water Cycle
Aquatic Ecosystems & Habitats
These lessons are designed to be easy to use for both students and teachers. Regardless of whether you've taught Environmental Science for years or just need a quick lesson to add to your science curriculum, this is the perfect selection.
This is a very thorough, engaging set of lessons. Your students will thank you!
Designed and implemented by Anne Morgan, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher
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