CURRICULUM MAP

 

Solar System Scale

Source: Siemens STEM

Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will explore the vast distances between the planets in our Solar System and also compare thesize of our sun to the planets and our moon. The students will use small household or edible objects and compare them to the sizes of the Solar System bodies. Ultimately the students will walk the Solar System, placing the sun, then planets in order as they walk outward toward Pluto, our dwarf planet. Then in small groups the students will create posters depicting a new planet in our Solar System and where in orbit it would travel. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.

Georgia Standard: S6E1   

 

Transforming the Solar System: Copernicus and Galileo | Genius by Stephen Hawking

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Video

We know that Copernicus and Galileo made great discoveries in astronomy and reconstructing our understanding of the solar system. The question is, how? Find out as leading scientists guide Stephen Hawking’s geniuses to making these amazing discoveries for themselves.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.

Georgia Standard: S6E1   

 

What Causes the Moon's Phases | Lesson Plan

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students explore the Moon’s phases and visualize how the Sun, the Moon, and Earth move relative to each other through hands-on models and videos created by WorldWide Telescope.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.

Georgia Standard: S6E2   

 

What's the Difference Between a Solar and Lunar Eclipse? | Physics Girl

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Video

What is the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse? How can you tell the difference? Find out how in this episode.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.

Georgia Standard: S6E2   

 

Why Do We Have Seasons?

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Lesson Plan and Reading Material

What makes the seasons? This Exploration shows how Earth's tilted axis and its orbit around the sun contribute to the changes in season.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.

Georgia Standard: S6E2   

 

Useable Water

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will investigate the concept that water is a limited resource.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.

Georgia Standard: S6E3   

 

Water Cycle Animation

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Animation With Reading Text

The water cycle is Earth's natural mechanism for transporting and recycling water between the surface and the atmosphere. Through the processes of condensation, precipitation, infiltration, runoff, transpiration, and evaporation, water continuously travels from the atmosphere to the ground and back again. In this animation from NASA, observe the steps of the water cycle.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.

Georgia Standard: S6E3   

 

Water, Water, Everywhere

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will be able to identify point and non-point source pollutants, and understand the cumulative effects of non-point source pollution.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.

Georgia Standard: S6E3   

 

What is a Watershed?

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will learn what a watershed is and how rivers are connected to the ocean.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.

Georgia Standard: S6E3   

 

Effects of Turbulence on Dissolved Oxygen

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will discover the importance of dissolved oxygen to a healthy aquatic ecosystem and how dissolved oxygen in water can be increased.

Skills: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.

Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.

Georgia Standards: S6E3, S6E5   

 

Sim’s Isle

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will gain the perspective of a variety of stakeholders on development of barrier islands. Students will exercise environmental decision-making, critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving.

Skills: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.

Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.

Georgia Standards: S6E3, S6E5   

 

Who, me?

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will explore the concept of water, how we affect it and need it.

Skills: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.

Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.

Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the uses and conservation of various natural resources and how they impact the Earth.

Georgia Standards: S6E3, S6E5, S6E6   

 

Air Pressure and Storms

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Video

Join Rick Crosslin host of Indiana Expeditions as he learns about air pressure and how storms form.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.

Georgia Standard: S6E4   

 

How Hurricanes Form

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Interactive Reading

Meteorologists have gone to great lengths to identify the atmospheric conditions that trigger hurricanes. The list of ingredients is fairly short: warm ocean temperatures, lots of moisture in the middle and upper atmosphere, and light winds in the upper atmosphere. In this animation from NASA, learn about the conditions necessary for the creation of a hurricane.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.

Georgia Standard: S6E4   

 

Making North America | The Ingredients for Soil

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Video

Examine the ingredients of soil, Earth’s thinnest and most fragile layer and the frontier between the worlds of geology and biology, in this video from NOVA: Making North America: Human. Kirk Johnson meets with fellow geologist Dave Montgomery, who reveals the recipe that makes life on land and all agriculture possible. Soil is made of sand, silt, clay, and organic matter. It’s primarily a product of minerals and dead organisms that, over time and with the help of living things including worms, are broken down.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.

Georgia Standard: S6E5   

 

What is the Story with Sand?

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will differentiate between sand, soil and other small particles and understand that sand is the result of weathering and erosion.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.

Georgia Standard: S6E5   

 

Why Does the Earth Have Layers? | It's Okay to Be Smart

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Video

Why we live on an onion made of magma.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.

Georgia Standard: S6E5   

 

Optimal and Sustainable: Renewable Energy Revamp

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

What factors and constraints do we have to consider when designing a renewable energy plan for a community? This lesson is part of a larger unit in the California Academy of Sciences' Flipside Science series: Exploring Energy: Designing a Brighter Future

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the uses and conservation of various natural resources and how they impact the Earth.

Georgia Standard: S6E6