Earth Science And Systems
Earth system science seeks to integrate various fields of academic study to understand the Earth as a system.
It considers the interactions between the Earth's "spheres" — atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, pedosphere, biosphere, and, even, the magnetosphere — as well as the impact of human societies on these components. – Wikipedia
This site from NASA allow you to learn more about the Earth and all the planets in the solar system.
Our Living Planet From Space
Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean.
In the Northern Hemisphere, ecosystems wake up in the spring, taking in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen as they sprout leaves. Meanwhile, in the oceans, microscopic plants drift through the sunlit surface waters and bloom into billions of carbon dioxide-absorbing organisms — and light-detecting instruments on satellites maps all of this.
This video shows that process, on a planetary scale.
The link below will guide you to additional resources.
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This site, co-sponsored by Discovery Education, makes science relevant for your students with a topic that affects them every day – dirt. The free interactive lesson plans, videos, and classroom tools promote a deeper understanding of core science concepts and encourage your students discover the complex world of soil.
This hidden ecosystem not only supports food production, but nearly every form of life on Earth!
While NASA's Earth Science for Kids site is no longer available, this site from NASA provides a lot of the same resources. Click on the Teach menu link for teacher resources.
Global Systems Science, for grades 9-12, focuses on science-related societal issues. 12 books, teacher guides, and software can support a 1-year integrated science course or supplement existing biology, physics, chemistry, Earth science, or environmental science. Provided by the Lawrence Hall of Science.
The Woodside Australian Science Project was created to support the delivery of the Earth Science component of the Australian Curriculum. This free resource with sections for grades 4 thru 12 includes hands-on experiments& fun activities with student worksheets and teacher guides along with media resources.
Topics covered include weathering & erosion, the solar system, oil & water, plate tectonics and global systems.
The Concord Consortium has combined the study of uncertainty with the study of new scientific discoveries. It is called High Adventure Science Project.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Benchmarks for Science Literacy - Project 2061
• The GLOBE Program
• Getting Started And Happy Endings
• The Earth, Sea and Sky
• The Oceans
• National, State, and Regional Education Networks Sampler