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The following lessons were developed in coordination with the programs we led in area classrooms during the spring of 2016. Thank you to the 49 teachers that welcomed us into their classrooms!

While the units are intended in most cases to completely introduce the targeted Next Generation Science Standard, they are not necessarily enough for students to gain mastery over the content. We encourage educators to consider these units a starting point for future exploration. Please feel free to provide feedback on any of the lessons or materials -- we certainly want to clarify and improve, and we will post updated materials as we do so.

K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
The Changing Environment (~30 min.)Download Lesson (PDF)Question Cards (PDF)
 
2-ESS2-1. Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
Wind and Water Erosion (~60 min.)Download Lesson (PDF) 
 
3-ESS2-1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
Weather to Climate (~90 min.)Download Lesson (PDF)Average Temperature & Precipitation by Month (PDF)
Temperature & Precipitation Graph Templates (PDF)
 
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
The Effects of Weathering (~60 min.)Download Lesson (PDF)Weathered Landforms Presentation (PowerPoint)
 
5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
Ecosystem Interactions (~45 min.)Download Lesson (PDF)Manipulative Template (Legal-Sized PDF)
Brainstorming Poster Template (Ledger-Sized PDF)
Brainstorming Poster Template (Legal-Sized PDF)
 
MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
Cycling Earth Materials (~60 min.)Download Lesson (PDF)Sample Cycle Diagram (Ledger-Sized PDF)
 
MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
Air and Water Circulation (~60 min.)Download Lesson (PDF)Pressure Pumper Activities (PDF)
Weather Impacts Worksheet (PDF)
Weather Impacts Responses (RTF)
 
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