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1 Welcome Integrating the Cross-cutting Big Ideas in the Earth and Space Science Domain Presenter Date Location

2 Big Ideas About Earth and Space Earth is a dynamic system. Earth is a planet in Space. Earth history is recorded in rocks

3 Earth is a Dynamic Interacting System A core concept at the middle and school level concerns the important concept of plate tectonicsthat Earths crust consists of huge plates whose interactions cause earthquakes and volcanoes.

4 Earths History is Recorded in Rocks A major revolution in Earth science and biology of the 19 th century is that fossils are the remains of life forms that existed long ago. Fossils buried more deeply in sediments are older than fossils in shallower sediments. Trilobyte. University of California Museum of Paleontology. Source: html

5 Earth is a Planet in Space A major revolution in Earth science that occurred more than 2,000 years ago, in ancient Greece is that our planet Earth is a huge ball in space. NASA.

6 Our Students Ideas One of our jobs as educators is to understand our students current mental models, to unravel any misconceptions they may have, and help them acquire the really big ideas about our planet in space. NASA. Why does Earth look flat if its supposed to be round?

7 Understanding Our Students Mental Models How do stories like The Goldilocks Effect help to communicate the big ideas about Earth and space? How do activities like Planets, Climate, and Life help you understand your students current ideas about Earth and space??


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