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1 1 Investigating Earth Systems

2 2 Workshop Goals Engage in IES by doing an activity; Explore the curriculum design, pedagogy, and assessment “as we go”; Explain key program features, including the teacher’s guide, materials kits, web sites, and professional development; Elaborate on questions that you may have; Evaluate the workshop.

3 3 IES Oceans Investigation 3 Sampler page 8 – Key Question Answer the Key Question: What causes ocean currents? 1. Individually in your Journal 2. Discuss with the person next to you 3. Discuss as a group Class Discussion and Recording of Ideas

4 4 IES Oceans Investigation 3 Sampler pages 8-10: Investigate Part A – Surface Currents 1. Complete steps 1 and 2 in your group 2. Discuss step 3 as a “class”  What patterns do you see between surface currents and wind direction?  What new questions do you have?  Form a hypothesis to explain the relationship between wind direction and surface currents. Give reasons based on evidence.

5 5 IES Oceans Investigation 3 Sampler Pages 10-11 – Investigate Part B: Deep Ocean Currents 1. Complete step 1 in your group 2. Watch a demonstration of steps 2 and 3 3. Discuss step 4 as a class 4. Complete steps 5-7 in your group

6 6 IES Oceans Investigation 3 Reviewing the Rest of the Investigation Digging Deeper and As Your Read Using the IES Web Site to support inquiry Review and Reflect 1. Review 2. Reflect 3. Thinking about the Earth System 4. Thinking about Scientific Inquiry

7 7 Investigating Earth Systems Modular, inquiry-based Earth science curriculum Driven by the National Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy Developed by Earth science experts and classroom teachers through the AGI Published by It’s About Time Materials kits, teacher guides, web sites, and professional development to support teachers.

8 8 Your Students Will: Learn the principles and practices of Earth science. Hypothesize, experiment, reflect, and analyze. Develop an understanding of how the Earth works as a set of systems. Appreciate the relevance of Earth science to their lives and the environment. Work collaboratively with other students to solve problems.

9 9 The Big Picture 1. Earth is a set of closely linked systems. 2. Earth's processes are powered by two sources; the Sun and Earth's own inner heat. 3. The geology of Earth is dynamic, and has evolved over 4.5 billion years. 4. The geological evolution of Earth has left a record of its history that geoscientists interpret. 5. We depend upon Earth's resources-both mined and grown.

10 10 Module Structure Pre-Assessment of Key Concepts in the Module Six to Seven Inquiry-based Investigations Final Product and Presentation - Summative Assessment Back to the Beginning – Post Assessment of Key Concepts in the Module

11 11 Investigation Structure Key Question Investigate Student Presentations Digging Deeper Review and Reflect The Earth System Connection

12 12 The Student Journal Students keep a record of… Initial ideas Research designs Observations Results New questions Connections to the Earth’s systems

13 13 Promoting Scientific Inquiry Form questions to answer by inquiry Collect and review data using tools Design an investigation Conduct an investigation Use evidence to develop ideas Consider evidence for explanations Seek alternative explanations Show evidence and reasons to others Use mathematics for science inquiry

14 14 Sharing the Results of Inquiry

15 15 Making the Earth System Connection All students should develop an understanding of Earth as a set of closely interrelated systems: geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. (NSES, 1996)

16 16 Assessment Tools Pre-Assessment Questions Sample Rubrics for Assessing:  Inquiry  Understanding of Content  Earth’s Systems Connections  Journal Entries  Participation in Inquiry  Final Projects Module Exams

17 17 Comprehensive Teacher Guide Module flow, goals and objectives Background information Correlation to National Standards Preparation and materials needed Detailed teaching and assessment tips Blackline masters of key diagrams Assessment rubrics and exams

18 18 The Nine Modules Investigating Soil Investigating Minerals and Materials Investigating Rocks and Landforms Investigating Oceans Investigating Climate and Weather Investigating Water as a Resource Investigating Fossils Investigating Our Dynamic Planet Investigating Energy Resources


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