Grade Level: Grade 6
Discipline: Earth Science
ESS.ESS.2: Earth’s Systems: 2) Construct an argument based on evidence about how global climate and weather patterns are impacted by interactions among the Sun’s energy output, tectonic events, ocean circulation, vegetation, and human activities.
ESS.ESS.2: Earth and Human Activities: 12) Engage in an argument from evidence to explain the degree of which oceanic currents function. 13) Use a model to predict how variations in the flow of energy through radiation, conduction, and convection into and out of Earth’s systems could contribute to global atmospheric processes and climatic effects.14) Using data, weather maps, and other scientific tools, predict weather conditions from an analysis of the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries.
Today we are going to learn to...
- Activate Background Knowledge: Ask: How does gravity affect people on Earth? Do you think gravity has an effect on water and the Earth’s oceans?
- Relate to Real Life: Ask: What could we do as a population to reduce the garbage that is disposed of in the ocean which contributes to the Pacific Garbage Patch?
- Involve All Students: Ask: How are winds formed on Earth? What effects do the oceans have on global weather patterns?
- Label Learning: How are waves formed?
- Kinesthetics: Create a model of the earth’s ocean waves in a bottle.
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