NGSS Earth Science Curriculum

NGSS Earth Science Curriculum
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• The price of this bundle will increase as additional materials are added.

• This product includes FREE downloads of ALL future Earth Science products.

About this Product

This bundle includes Earth Science teaching materials differentiated for grades 3-5 & 6-8:

• Differentiated Earth Science Course and Unit Planning Guides

• Editable PowerPoint Presentations, Scaffolded Notes and Exams

• Interactive Notebook Lessons (Input Notes, INB Activities, Quizzes & Reflection Exercises)

• Bell Ringers and Task Cards Tiered to Bloom's Taxonomy

• SNAPs Lab Stations Activities (currently being added)

• Homework, Vocabulary Builders & Review Materials (coming soon)

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About the Differentiation

Topics are differentiated for upper elementary, intermediate and advanced students. This bundle is MOST appropriate for middle school grades, but works great for upper elementary and lower high school grades as well. A color-shape code system will help you differentiate these concepts for your students' needs and abilities.

Next Generation Science Standards

This product satisfies Earth Science Next Generation Science Standards for Grades 3-5 and Middle School. The content in these products exceeds NGSS in order to satisfy state standards, to provide background information to NGSS and to enrich or enhance NGSS. Reference files are included with this download to help you correlate activities to NGSS.



The PPs in this bundle are designed to help you deliver, discuss and assess physical science content. There are three teaching tools included with each PowerPoint product in this bundle:

• PowerPoint Presentation (differentiated and editable slides)

• Scaffolded Notes (differentiated, editable and modified/completed notes included)

• Summative Examination (differentiated, editable and answer key included)

The following PowerPoints, Notes & Exams are included in this bundle:

Climate and Biomes PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Earth, Moon and Celestial Cycles PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Earth's History PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Earth's Systems PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Human Impact PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Mapping Earth and Landforms PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Natural Resources PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Slow and Rapid Changes to Earth PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Soil, Rocks and Minerals PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Structure of the Universe PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Tectonic Plates PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Weather PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Note: The PowerPoints are .pptx files. The notes and exams are .docx files. The fonts are safe for use with Microsoft Office PowerPoint and Word and come with most Microsoft Office versions.


My interactive notebook lessons are organized into units. Each unit is composed of interactive notebook chapters. Each chapter includes:

• An overview with photos of the completed INB activity

• One page of input notes (differentiated when necessary)

• At least one INB activity (key included)

• A 4-5 question mini assessment (key included)

• A 2-part reflection exercise (generic & self-assessment reflection prompts included)

• BONUS! Editable copies of all input notes are included as separate .docx files for FREE!

This bundle includes the following Interactive Notebook Units:

Climate and Biomes INB Unit

Earth, Moon and Celestial Cycles INB Unit

Earth's History INB Unit

Earth's Systems: Geosphere, Atmosphere & Hydrosphere INB Unit

Human Impact INB Unit

Mapping Earth and Landforms INB Unit

Natural Resources INB Unit

Slow and Rapid Changes to Earth INB Unit

Soil, Rocks and Minerals INB Unit

Structure of the Universe INB Unit

Tectonic Plates INB Unit

Weather INB Unit


These differentiated and tiered 3-part activities are designed to "warmup" students at the beginning of a lesson. Activities are aligned with the interactive notebook chapters for each respective unit. Full and half page printing options and key included.

The following bell ringers are included in this bundle:

• Climate and Biomes Bell Ringers

Earth, Moon and Celestial Cycles Bell Ringers

Earth's History Bell Ringers

Earth's Systems Bell Ringers

Human Impact Bell Ringers

• Mapping Earth and Landforms Bell Ringers

Natural Resources Bell Ringers

Slow and Rapid Changes to Earth Bell Ringers

• Soil, Rocks and Minerals Bell Ringers

Structure of the Universe Bell Ringers

• Tectonic Plates Bell Ringers

• Weather Bell Ringers

Note: Only bell ringers with active links are currently available.


The task card questions are differentiated (with a color and shape code) and tiered with a "signal strength" code so to probe lower, mid and higher order thinking. Questions are tiered according to the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Answer sheets (differentiated) and key included for each task card set.

The following task card sets are included in this bundle:

Climate and Biomes Task Cards (40 task cards)

Earth, Moon and Celestial Cycles Task Cards (56 task cards)

Earth's History Task Cards (38 task cards)

Earth's Systems Task Cards (64 task cards)

Human Impact Task Cards (66 task cards)

Mapping Earth and Landforms Task Cards (44 task cards)

Natural Resources Task Cards (24 task cards)

Slow and Rapid Changes to Earth Task Cards (46 task cards)

Soil, Rocks and Minerals Task Cards (44 task cards)

Structure of the Universe Task Cards (64 task cards)

Tectonic Plates Task Cards (48 task cards)

Weather Task Cards (80 task cards)


SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They combine the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. The labs also make interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

The following SNAPs labs will be included in this bundle:


Climate and Latitude Lab Stations Activity (3-ESS2-2)

Biomes Lab Stations Activity

Wind Currents Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-6)

Ocean Currents Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-6)

Studying Past Climate with Fossils Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS1-1)


Earth's Gravity Lab Stations Activity (5-PS2-1)

The Sun, Earth and Moon System Lab Station Activity

Season & Weather Lab Stations Activity (3-ESS2-1)

Shadows & Day Length Patterns Lab Stations Activity (5-ESS1-2)

Constellations Lab Stations Activity (5-ESS1-2)

Seasons & Earth's Tilt Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-1)

Lunar Phases Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-1)

Solar and Lunar Eclipses Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-1)

• Tidal Cycle Lab Stations Activity


Earth's History Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-4)

Index Fossils Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-4)

• Relative Dating Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-4)

• Absolute Dating Lab Stations Activity

Studying Past Climate with Fossils Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS1-1)


• Earth's Geosphere Lab Stations Activity

• Earth's Atmosphere Lab Stations Activity

Earth's Hydrosphere Lab Stations Activity (5-ESS2-2)

Earth's Spheres Interactions Lab Stations Activity (5-ESS2-1)

Water Cycle Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-4)


Human Activities & Negative Impact Lab Stations Activity (5-ESS3-1)

Air Pollution Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS3-3)

Water Pollution Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS3-3)

Land Pollution Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS3-3)

Ozone Depletion Lab Stations Activity

Global Warming Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS3-5)

Invasive Species Lab Stations Activity

Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS3-4)

Conservation & Sustainability Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS3-3)

Solving Environmental Problems Lab Stations Activity (5-ESS3-1)


Latitude and Longitude Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS2-2)

Topographic Maps Lab Stations Activity

Landforms Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS2-2)


Uneven Distribution of Natural Resources Lab (MS-ESS3-1)

Synthetic Products Lab Stations Activity (MS-PS1-3)


Weathering, Erosion & Deposition Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS2-1)

Weathering Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS2-1)

Rate of Erosion Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS2-1)

• Water's Role in Shaping Earth Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-2)

• Slow vs. Rapid Changes Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-2)


• Types of Soil Lab Stations Activity

Mineral Properties Lab Stations Activity

Rock Cycle Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-1)


The Big Bang Lab Stations Activity

Formation of the Solar System Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-2)

The Solar System Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-2)

Solar System Trends Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS1-3)

Stars Lab Stations Activity (5-ESS1-1)

• HR Diagrams Lab Stations Activity

Life of a Star Lab Stations Activity


Tectonic Plate Boundaries (MS-ESS2-2)

Tectonic Plate Boundary Landforms Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS2-2)

Continental Drift Theory Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-3)

• Volcanoes Lab Stations Activity

Earthquakes Lab Stations Activity (4-ESS3-2)

Earthquake and Volcano Mapping Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS3-2)

• Earthquakes (Finding an Epicenter) Lab Stations Activity


• Weather Station Models Lab Stations Activity

Isotherm and Isobar Maps Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-5)

Air Masses and Fronts Lab Stations Activity (MS-ESS2-5)

• Predicting Hazardous Weather Lab (MS-ESS3-2)

• Reducing Weather Impact Lab Stations Activity (3-ESS3-1)

• Hurricanes Lab Stations Activity

Note: This list of labs is subject to change. Labs may be added, combined or separated to improve the quality and effectiveness of lab activities.


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