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Objective 4: Earth/Space Science


The student will demonstrate an understanding of the earth sciences. Students should master concepts such as characteristics of the Earth and moon, erosion, weathering, resources, seasonal changes, and soils. Oceans, planets, earthquakes, and glaciers are earth science concepts that are important for TAKS preparation. Students should understand weather, water cycles, carbon cycles, and systems of change.

 

(5.12) Science concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects in the sky. The student is expected to

(A) interpret how land forms are the result of a combination of constructive and destructive forces such as deposition of sediment and weathering; and

(C) identify the physical characteristics of the Earth and compare them to the physical characteristics of the moon.

Plate Tectonics Animations

Moonlight Madeness Students can number the photographs of the moon phases to reflect the order in which the phases are viewed from the Earth.

Lunar Puzzles - Facts you'll need to figure out to solve four lunar puzzles

 

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(5.11, 4.10) Science concepts. The student knows that certain past events affect present and future events. The student is expected to

(A) identify and observe actions that require time for changes to be measurable, including growth, erosion, dissolving, weathering, and flow;

(B) draw conclusions about "what happened before" using data such as from tree-growth rings and sedimentary rock sequences; and

(C) identify past events that led to the formation of the Earth's renewable, non-renewable, and inexhaustible resources.

Rocks and Minerals Slideshow

Renewable and Nonrenewable resources-Research site

What on Earth -Site allows students to find out about the layers that make up the earth, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle.

Tree Ring Analysis- Welcome to the labratory of Dr. Douglas Fir

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(5.6) Science concepts. The student knows that some change occurs in cycles. The student is expected to

(A) identify events and describe changes that occur on a regular basis such as in daily, weekly, lunar, and seasonal cycles; and

(B) identify the significance of the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles.

Water Cycle -animated water cycle

Hydrolic Cycle - demonstration of the water cycle

Carbon Cycle -research site

Animated Water Cycle - animated water cycle

Seasons-Interactive whiteboard screens provide pupils with information and activities related to the seasons. (Teacher Resource)

 

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(4.11) Science concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects in the sky. The student is expected to

(A) test properties of soils including texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support life;

(B) summarize the effects of the oceans on land; and

(C) identify the Sun as the major source of energy for the Earth and understand its role in the growth of plants, in the creation of winds, and in the water cycle.

Rocks and Soils

Soil Testing - Research site for the process in soil testing

 

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(3.11) Science concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects in the sky. The student is expected to

(A) identify and describe the importance of earth materials including rocks, soil, water, and gases of the atmosphere in the local area and classify them as renewable, nonrenewable, or inexhaustible resources;

(C) identify the planets in our solar system and their position in relation to the Sun; and

(D) describe the characteristics of the Sun.

Geo Mysteries-Solve these mysteries about rocks, fossils and minerals

Planet 10 -Interactive Model

Amazing Space

Earth, Sun and Moon

Windows to the Universe - user-friendly learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences

Pair me up, Scottie- match look alike planets

Virtual Journey into the Universe -click a planet to choose your destination

Order the Planets- Order the planets by their distance from the sun.

Solar System Shuffle - Match solar system cards with descriptions

Space Watch -Take a trip through the solar system

Gravity and what it does (5.12D)

 

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(3.6) Science concepts. The student knows that forces cause change. The student is expected to

(B) identify that the surface of the Earth can be changed by forces such as earthquakes and glaciers.

Earthquakes Quiz - Online earthquakes vocabulary quiz

Glaciers- Interactive mulimedia showing how glaciers are formed.

 

 

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(5.5) Science concepts. The student knows that a system is a collection of cycles, structures, and processes that interact. The student is expected to

(A) describe some cycles, structures, and processes that are found in a simple system; and

(B) describe some interactions that occur in a simple system

 

Animated Water Cycle -animated water cycle

 

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(4.6) Science concepts. The student knows that change can create recognizable patterns. The student is expected to

(A) identify patterns of change such as in weather, metamorphosis, and objects in the sky.

 

Tonight's Sky

What is weather? -Weather is made up of different things. (temperature, wind direction, wind force, precipitation and sunshine)

What is Temperature?

Vaisala Lightning Explorer-Free Lightning Map

Active Weather Watch- This map displays active watch, warnings, advisories and short term forecasts in the lower 48 US states. (National Weather Service)

Interactive sky charts -constellations

Weather Fun Games

Weather Seek-A-Word- Students search for weather vocabulary words.

Weather Word Search - Interactive word search game against the clock.

 

 

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Other:

Elmo's World Weather - Students help Elmo dress for the weather.

Weather Stories- Students can write stories illustrating non-fiction weather experiences and submit for a contest.

 

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