MS-ESS1 1-4 Earth's Place in the Universe - Digital and Distance Learning Ready

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MS-ESS1 1-4 - Earth's Place in the Universe - A NGSS Bundle of Bundles for middle school students. This package includes my MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3, and MS-ESS1-4 bundles. Everything you need in one tidy package including daily teaching schedules for each standard, lessons, activities, and assessments. The daily schedules total 19 teaching days which can be reduced or expanded as needed.

These fully-editable, no prep bundles are perfectly aligned with NGSS and provide daily teaching schedules so you know what to teach and when to teach it. The schedule is flexible and allows for additions or removal of content. Each resource is fully editable for your convenience.


Main Topics Covered:


  • Lunar Cycle
  • Eclipse
  • Seasons

MS-ESS1- 2 & 3

  • Our Solar System
  • Planets
  • Galaxies

MS-ESS1- 2 & 3

  • Fossils
  • Geologic Time Scale

Purchasing this bundle will save you 75% compared to purchasing the resources individually.

Your Bundle Includes:

  • Interactive, digital lessons
  • Fun and engaging activities
  • Assessments for each topic including Exit tickets
  • Easy to follow daily lesson outlines
    • Day 1:
    • Day 2:

Each included resource is either completely or almost completely self-contained, meaning little to no classroom materials are needed. This bundle contains a mix of digital and paper-based resources and encourages collaboration and creativity at every turn.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars

  • Earth and its solar system are part of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of many galaxies in the universe.

ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

  • The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.
  • The solar system appears to have formed from a disk of dust and gas, drawn together by gravity.

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
The geologic time scale interpreted from rock strata provides a way to organize Earth’s history. Analyses of rock strata and the fossil record provide only relative dates, not an absolute scale.


Classroom and Distance Learning Ready:

  • The lessons include both Office and Google formats. The presentations are in PowerPoint and Google Slides while all lesson documents contain Word and Google Doc versions
  • This allows you to utilize these resources whether you’re teaching in-person or through distance learning
  • With one click you can create a copy of each lesson resource and add it to your Google Drive
  • On the last Google Slide is a link to a four-question Exit Ticket that you can give as homework or as a way to conclude your lesson in class.


Remove The Stress

  • NGSS can be hard and confusing to teach
  • You’re required to teach the strand but it’s hard to wrap your head around exactly what should be taught and when
  • My daily teaching schedule and included resources will allow you to simply teach and not worry about fulfilling the standards or making sure you stay on track


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history. Emphasis is on how analyses of rock formations and the fossils they contain are used to establish relative ages of major events in Earth’s history. Examples of Earth’s major events could range from being very recent (such as the last Ice Age or the earliest fossils of homo sapiens) to very old (such as the formation of Earth or the earliest evidence of life). Examples can include the formation of mountain chains and ocean basins, the evolution or extinction of particular living organisms, or significant volcanic eruptions. Assessment does not include recalling the names of specific periods or epochs and events within them.
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students’ school or state). Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Emphasis is on the analysis of data from Earth-based instruments, space-based telescopes, and spacecraft to determine similarities and differences among solar system objects. Examples of scale properties include the sizes of an object’s layers (such as crust and atmosphere), surface features (such as volcanoes), and orbital radius. Examples of data include statistical information, drawings and photographs, and models. Assessment does not include recalling facts about properties of the planets and other solar system bodies.
Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.


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