Earth Systems Investigations
The Earth Systems Investigations are built on a framework (Acrobat (PDF) 64kB Aug6 16) which forms a four-step investigation that presents a real-world problem designed to elicit student interest in learning more about the topic. Each step in the investigation includes one or more of the eight Science and Engineering Practices. Through conducting multiple investigations over time, students will develop the all the skills described by the Science and Engineering Practices.
Eight Science and Engineering Practices
1. Asking questions and defining problems
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations and designing solutions
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Educators wishing to build their own Earth Systems investigations may wish to reference the Guidelines page, which contains detailed instructions, resources, and references.
The Earth Systems Investigations provided here are examples. Educators can build their own ESIs using the investigation framework shown here, drawing content from the CLEAN Collection and other trusted science data and content sites, guided by the content and concepts described in the three-dimensions.
Note: these pilot examples were developed by master teachers but have not yet been classroom tested.