The student will investigate Earth’s five spheres through a hands-on activity in which they collect data and construct explanations through a lab simulating how interactions occur on the planet from one sphere to another. Students will discuss picture examples of the five Spheres, collect data to generate their own bar graph, and experience interactions between the five Spheres on Earth. Students will be able to identify and differentiate impacts and interactions between the Biosphere, Hydrosphere, Geosphere, Cryosphere, and Atmosphere.
1.3, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 4.2, 7.3
|Lesson Components||Time||Inquiry Skills||Tech. Used||Engage Level||Brief Description|
|Engage||10 min||1.3, 3.7||Computer for video||1||Begin by watching the video of “Nature’s Masterpiece.”|
|Explore||15 min||3.5, 3.7, 4.2||none||3||Students collect data as they journey through the Spheres of Earth at five stations.|
|Explain||15 min (Day 1-4)||3.3, 3.5||none||3||Students will fill in a graphic organizer, graph their results, and answer questions about their journey.|
|Expand||20 min (Day 5)||7.2, 7.3||Computer to make video or make a poster||2||Students will use pictures from magazines or draw their own to make a poster to come up with example interactions between the 5 spheres. If technology is available, students will then create a video using movie maker of photos of their choice representing images of Earth’s Spheres.|
|Evaluate||10 min (Day 5)||7.3||none||1||Exit slip, will check for student understanding.|
|1||Low||Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction|
|2||Medium||Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance|
|3||High||Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered|
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