Common Sense Review
Updated October 2014

CK-12: Earth Science

Multimedia resources inspire kids to hypothesize, investigate, prove
Visit Website
This module is part of the Website CK-12.
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • The module provides nearly comprehensive coverage of various Earth Science topics.
  • Each topic has its own set of resources.
  • Some topics have simulations with immediate feedback.
  • Passages in the text are supported by NASA images.
  • Short video clips show actual footage from space.
Emily Pohlonski
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

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 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.

Read More Read Less

See how teachers are using CK-12

Lesson Plans