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Earth Systems Science Curriculum

The Earth is a dynamic system, constantly changing through a multitude of systems; the geologic, hydrologic, atmospheric and biologic systems are all integral to one another. Despite the fact that we inhabit this blue planet many of us are unaware of how even the simplest of systems work between one another and how even a small perturbation in one system can ripple through them all. The curriculum that follows will outline the systems of the earth and draw upon their interconnectedness to bring about a new found understanding of our environment and the critical modern day issues we are facing now and in the future. Through a multitude of hands-on and investigative lessons and activities this series will help students take their prior knowledge and combine it with new understandings and conflicts to ultimately apply the information gained in the local communities for a culminating environmental action project.

This curriculum is meant for students who have already progressed through some earth science classes. There are many lessons within the collection that can be pulled out and used separately from the curriculum as a whole.

The 5th Unit covers many topics addressed in a book called The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity, by James Lovelock, 160 pages with glossary. I recommend this as a reading for the semester, especially during Unit 5 though it is not a requirement to follow the science or the lessons.

The Revenge of Gaia, James Lovelock, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0-465-04168-8 ISBN-10: 0-465-04168-X

British ISBNs: 978-0-713-99914-3; 0-713-99914-4

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by Kimberly Handle

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L.I.N.K.

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Substitute activity for KWL where students work in smaller groups and post words on the introductory topic or unit.
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Unit 1: Our Physical Earth

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An brief introduction to so of the Earth's dynamic geophysical processes.
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Unit 2: Weather and Water

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This unit offers lessons on weather, climate, deep ocean circulation and the role of water in erosion.
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Unit 3: Earth's Atmosphere

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A brief overview of the Earth's current atmosphere, theories of past atmospheric compositions and an introduction to anthropogenic impacts on the atmosphere today.
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An introduction to ideas of the beginnings of life, evolution and mass extinctions.
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This final unit will address issues of the environment on a small town scale to national and worldwide dilemmas. Students will be asked to draw upon the content learned in the previous four units and build on it through a series or research projects.
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