Evolution of Earth Infographic

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9th - 12th
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Students research the evolution of the planet and the influence of early life on Earth's atmosphere. Specifically addressing these topics:

  • Early Earth: The origin of the planet Earth; Early characteristics of Earth
  • Early Earth’s Atmosphere: Composition; Role of Volcanisms; Introduction of CO2 to the atmosphere
  • Life on Earth: First forms of life; How life changed the atmosphere

Then, they create a digital infographic to share that information. The infographic should make obvious how the composition of the atmosphere has changed over time and what caused those changes. It should also be clear how these chemical changes relate to life on Earth.

This resource includes directions for students, a scoring rubric, and templates for the infographic in Google Slides.

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NGSSHS-ESS2-1
Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. Emphasis is on how the appearance of land features (such as mountains, valleys, and plateaus) and sea-floor features (such as trenches, ridges, and seamounts) are a result of both constructive forces (such as volcanism, tectonic uplift, and orogeny) and destructive mechanisms (such as weathering, mass wasting, and coastal erosion). Assessment does not include memorization of the details of the formation of specific geographic features of Earth’s surface.
NGSSHS-LS2-3
Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding of the role of aerobic and anaerobic respiration in different environments. Assessment does not include the specific chemical processes of either aerobic or anaerobic respiration.
NGSSHS-LS2-6
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.
NGSSHS-LS4-5
Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species. Emphasis is on determining cause and effect relationships for how changes to the environment such as deforestation, fishing, application of fertilizers, drought, flood, and the rate of change of the environment affect distribution or disappearance of traits in species.

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