David Smith, Betsy Youngman, Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter from TERC
Activity takes between four and six 45-minute class periods. Computer access is necessary.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Middle School: 1 Performance Expectation, 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 7 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts, 7 Science and Engineering Practices
Most suitable for upper high school and undergraduate. Can be modified to be used in upper middle school classes.
About Teaching Climate Literacy
2.4 Water stores and transfers energy.
Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines
Other materials addressing:
A) Processes that shape the Earth.
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- Teachers may want to create a summative assessment for each part of the activity since none is supplied.
About the Science
- Good background content for educators and students.
- Comment from scientist: The physical connections between the variables explored in the activity are not well explained and will need further explanation by the educator. Ideally an educator would encourage a hypothesis-based inquiry which could then lead in an understanding if the analyzed variables are connected.
About the Pedagogy
- Student directions are very detailed and well sequenced.
- Screenshots aid student navigation through the software and website.
- Most of the assessment questions are embedded in the student directions. No summative assessment supplied.
- A thorough and complete guide is supplied for educators.
- Students who are not very tech-savvy will need guidance from educator.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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