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  • Understanding Our Changing Earth as a System

     Grade 5

    Understanding Earth 2
    Program Description
    2 hour program
    1 class (32 students)
    One of the greatest and important scientific challenges facing humanity is in understanding how the Earth, the only planet that has known life is changing and how human activities are affecting the Earth System. Through hands-on experiments, modeling and a mini-field data collection mission, visiting 5th grade students will join in the scientific investigation of exploring Earth Science system principles in the context of investigating how the Earth is presently changing. Visiting students will be invited to continue their study back at school through participation in NASA’s GLOBE program monitoring local temperatures, precipitation and Land-Cover.


    Pre-Visit Materials
    Lesson Plan
    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    5-ESS2 -1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and /or atmosphere interact.

    MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Developing and Using Models
    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    Developing and Using Models
    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
    ESS3.D Global Climate Change

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Systems and System Models
    Cause and Effect
    Systems and System Models

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate and answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

    MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (5-ESS2-1)
    MP.4 Model with mathematics (5-ESS2-1)