If you're looking for direct instruction in this broad array of Earth science tools, you might pick the resource that has kids read a passage and label Earth’s layers. However, the Next Generation of Science Standards asks kids to move beyond labeling and use scientific data to understand how the model was developed. CK-12's Earth Science module (via the website or Chrome app) does this, too. In the Earth’s Polygraph 2 simulation, kids try to make sense of how seismic waves move through Earth. Unfortunately, at the time of review, the link to the interactive was broken, but with some online searching you can also find the same resource externally.
Other NGSS scientific practices, such as testing hypotheses, are also highlighted. With the video "What Apollo Astronauts Saw," kids can puzzle through a problem that NASA scientists are currently struggling with. In "Birth of an Ocean," students examine NASA images of Earth from the International Space Station. In this and many other tasks, kids make claims about tectonic movement and back them up with evidence from both text and image resources. Keep in mind that you'll have to dig through more than 50 concept titles linked to plate tectonics to find the best tools for your classes. While this is time-consuming, the sheer number or resources increases the chance you'll find something to support your curriculum.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Earth and Human Activity
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
Earth’s Place in the Universe
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.
Construct an explanation of the Big Bang theory based on astronomical evidence of light spectra, motion of distant galaxies, and composition of matter in the universe.
Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate.
Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth's systems and life on Earth.