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- This activity pack is designed to address the Next Generation Science Standard HS-ESS2-3: Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection. The four activities included in this bundle provide students with experiences to develop an underst$19.00$23.00Save $4.00
How do we know the Earth has layers? Discover the Earth has layers by analyzing seismic data and develop an understanding of the evidence that supports our knowledge of Earth’s interior in this graphing activity.
This activity was designed as part of the EXPLORE stage in the 5E model. To get the best use of it, students may need to engage in EXPLAIN activities to solidify their understanding of content and concepts. Flowing from EXPLORE activities to various EXPLAIN activities will better assist students in building their own understanding.
- Students will be able to explain how seismic data suggests the Earth has unique layers.
This lesson includes:
- 3 student pages
- 6 class pages (instructions, data sets, scaffolds)
- teacher lesson guide (3 pages)
- answer keys
How can this lesson be used?
- to discover the evidence that supports our understanding of Earth’s layers
- to practice analyzing and interpreting data
How much class time will this take?
- This lesson is designed to take no more than one 60-minute class period. However, students may need support in graphing if they have not developed these skills.
Is this NGSS-aligned?
This resource is part of a storyline designed to work toward the tagged Next Generation Science Standards. Because Performance Expectations are designed to assess learning unit material may not fully assess every Performance Expectation tagged in the post.
This activity works toward student mastery of the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and/or Crosscutting Concepts in the tagged Performance Expectations.
This activity engages students in the following Science and Engineering Practices:
- Analyzing and Interpreting Data
This activity encourages students to think about the following Crosscutting Concepts:
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This activity bundle is part of a complete unit storyline that works towards these standards:
- HS-ESS2-3: Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.
What Other Teachers Are Saying:
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