Title: The Water Cycle
This is a hands applied lesson plan to help students experience the water cycle on a smaller scale. Because of the hands-on nature of the lesson, it works well to help students with a language barrier understand complicated vocabulary.
Standard(s): [S1] (6) 3: Describe water and carbon biogeochemical cycles and their effects on Earth.
Title: Rain: Friend or Foe?
In this Xpeditions lesson, students use their knowledge of rainfall, vegetation, and the slope angles of hillsides to make decisions, predict outcomes, and analyze the effects of certain events or practices (e.g., overgrazing, forest fires, and clear-cutting woodlands). This lesson helps students appreciate the complex relationships between various physical processes and the physical features they modify.
Standard(s): [S1] (6) 7: Describe Earth's biomes.
Title: Models of the Water Cycle
The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of the cycling of water by building and evaluating two different physical models. In this lesson, students build and reflect on the usefulness of models that demonstrate the cycling of water in a closed system.
Standard(s): [S1] AQU (9-12) 3: Explain the importance of biogeochemical cycles in an aquatic environment.
The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to obtain a better perception of Earth's oceans and to understand Earth's water cycle. This lesson is a good introduction to future lessons on weather and Earth's climatic changes.
Standard(s): [S1] MAR (9-12) 3: Describe physical characteristics of oceans, including topography of the ocean floor, plate tectonics, wave motion, depth, and pressure.
Title: Stormy Stories
In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GEOG (7) 12: Explain ways geographic features and environmental issues have influenced historical events.
Title: The Impact of Natural Hazards Around the World
This Xpeditions lesson focuses on how humans can use technology to adapt to phenomena such as fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes. It helps students understand that the negative consequences of natural hazards can be reduced if we understand our vulnerability and learn to prepare for them.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GEOG (7) 3: Compare geographic patterns in the environment that result from processes within the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere of Earth's physical systems.
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates
Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Standard(s): [S1] (7) 4: Describe organisms in the six-kingdom classification system by their characteristics.