Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association
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- A fun way to explore the distribution of water on Earth's surface.
- Activity can be used as an icebreaker, as part of a water cycle lesson/unit, or to build math skills.
About the Science
- A kinesthetic approach to understanding the distribution of water on Earth's surface, students pass an inflatable Earth globe around a circle taking note of whether their pointer finger contacts land or water (teacher or student keep a tally).
- Students then review data to determine how much of the earth is covered by water relative to land, with a brief discussion at the end about how oceans influence climate and weather.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- This hands-on activity is engaging and accessible to diverse learners.
- Students not only learn each other's names, but also concretely learn that there is more water than land on the Earth's surface.
- The main activity requires no pre-requisite knowledge, though if the instructor chooses to engage students in a discussion about the role of oceans in climate and weather, the teachers and students will need some prior background knowledge.
- The teacher's guide is organized and simple to follow. Options are provided for learners of different ages (5-13).