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442012_22204_1Earth and Space Science

Earth in Space and Time Brain Pop & Bill Nye
Games & Activities
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Compare and/or contrast the relative distance, relative size, and general composition of astronomical bodies in the universe. Kahn Academy – Scale of the Solar system Order it up – Solar System Edition
Describe distances between objects in space in the context of light and space travel. SEE MOVIE BELOW Planets orbits, size, and relative position to one another
8 planets and a dwarf Suduko
Planet Size Comparison


Describe that the universe contains billions of galaxies and stars. Stars Galaxies and the Universe Oh my! Galaxy zoo
Astronomical bodies – planets, stars, moons, asteroids, nebulae, galaxies, dwarf planets, and comets Bill Nye Planets & Moons Asteroids
Black holes
Distances – astronomical units (AU), light-years Scientific Notation


Distance in Space
Compare planets or using data tables. Go to the Head of the Solar System
Describe and/or classify physical properties of stars: apparent magnitude, temperature (color), size, and absolute brightness. The Biggest Stars In The Universe
Star Gazer Videos
60 Second Science Podcast – Its Even More Full of Starsclick the link and listen to the news story – it will only take 1 minute!
Stars Web Quest
Lifecycle of Stars Practice Quiz
Star finder
This week’s sky at a glance
Tonight’s Sky (click on Play Movie Button to see a description of the current month’s night sky)
Planetarium(Star location up to the day and minute)
– using the HR diagram
Remains of a Giant Blackhole Video
Stars (life cycle and other info.)
Life and death of stars
Evaluate models of solar properties and/or explain solar characteristics, including rotation, structure of the Sun, convection, sunspots, solar flares, and prominences. Bill Nye Sun SEE MOVIE & SONG BELOW rotation of the Sun
More sun information
Main sequence stars and their properties. Animated
Compare and/or contrast the characteristics of objects in the Solar System. Brain Pop – Solar System
Bill Nye Outer Space
Bill Nye
How long would a round trip to Mars take? Space Racer Game(Read the directions to play, then travel through the universe to each planet – read about the features of each planet and notice the distances between them)
8 Wonders of the Solar System (interactive feature about the solar system)
Planet Mass Comparison
Solar System Web Quest
Identify and/or explain the role that gravity plays in the formation and motion of planets, stars, and solar systems. Bill Nye Gravity School House Rock – Victim of Gravity Gravity Launch game
gravity interactive
Compare and/or contrast various historical models (including geocentric and heliocentric) of the Solar System. Earth formation



The relationship between distance from the Sun and the length of year and/or the relationship between distance from the Sun and average surface temperature. Bill Nye Earth’s Season’s What is the temperature in Space? rotation (24 hours)
revolution (1 year)
General properties of planets Bill Nye – Planets & Moons
Bill Nye – Outer Space
School House Rock – Interplanet JanetSEE SONG BELOW Mars go to google Earth then follow the directions in how to use. Planet information
Explain the effect of astronomical bodies on each other including the Sun’s and/or the Moon’s effects on Earth. BrainPop Tides
Bill Nye Sun
Bill Nye Moon
– review of rotation, revolution, seasons etc.
Why do we only see one side of the moon?
A day on the EarthSEE SONG BELOW
google – sky (How to use)
google moon (How to use)
space interactives
visualization of the planets in orbit
Gravity & Orbits
NASA’s eclipse page
Moon Olympics
Astronomical (Phases of the Moon, tides, Sun & Moon rise)
Earth Structures Brain Pop & Bill Nye
Games & Activities
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Identify and/or describe steps of the rock cycle and relate them to surface and sub-surface events. Brain Pop – Types of Rock
Bill Nye Rocks and Soil
SEE MOVIE AND SONG BELOW minerals and crystals
Minerals by name
Minerals by class
Describe and/or explain how Earth’s surface is built up and torn down through the processes of physical and chemical weathering, erosion, and deposition. Brain Pop – Weathering
Bill Nye Erosion
Weathering examples
Erosion examples
Forces that change Earth
Identify different types of landforms commonly found on Earth. Landform Glossary
Landforms flashcards
Describe similarities and/or differences among landforms found in Florida and those found outside of Florida. Florida Landforms Map
Identify and/or describe the impact that humans have had on Earth. SEE MOVIE BELOW Human Impact
Acid Rain
Ozone Depletion
Features of aquifers, caverns, and/or sinkholes Aquifers
Identify examples of and/or explain physical evidence that supports scientific theories that Earth has evolved over geologic time due to natural processes. Fossil Records
Identify and/or describe current scientific methods for measuring the age of Earth and its parts. Kahn Academy – Carbon 14 dating


Fossil records Bill Nye Fossils Getting into the fossil record What is a fossil?
Folding and faulting as related to the law of superposition. Brain Pop – Mountain types Fault animation Superposition
Radioactive dating, half-life. Reading (click next at the bottom for more information)
Geologic time SEE MOVIE BELOW Understanding Geologic Time Geologic time chart
Describe the scientific theory of plate tectonics and/or how the movement of Earth’s crustal plates and the flow of heat and material cause various geologic events to occur. SEE MOVIE BELOW
Different causes of volcano formation. Bill Nye – Volcanoes
Identify and/or describe the layers of Earth. (crust, the lithosphere, the hot convecting mantle, the outer (liquid) core, and the inner (solid) core) Bill Nye – Earth’s Crust SEE MOVIE BELOW Layers of the Earth Rags to Riches Game
Layers of the Earth interactive
Earth Systems and Patterns Brain Pop & Bill Nye
Games & Activities
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Differentiate and/or explain interactions among the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Interactions diagram
Describe and/or explain how the cycling of water and global patterns influence local weather and climate. Brain Pop – Water Cycle
Bill Nye – Water Cycle
SEE MOVIE BELOW (scroll down and read “Where is Earth’s Water”)
Differentiate between weather and climate. Brain Pop – Weather
Bill Nye Climates
School House Rock – Greatest Show on Earth (Weather) NASA explains the difference.
Describe the composition and structure of the atmosphere and/or how the atmosphere protects life and insulates the planet. Bill Nye – Atmosphere SEE MOVIE BELOW Atmosphere information
How the atmosphere protects the planet


Atmospheric conditions and their resulting weather phenomena, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, fronts, and precipitation. Bill Nye – Storms SEE MOVIE BELOW Grow your own
Effects of global warming and the ozone hole. Bill Nye – Ozone depletion
What is climate change?
The layers of the atmosphere and/or the function of each. SEE MOVIE BELOW Atmosphere diagram Layers of the atmosphere: troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, (ionosphere, exosphere)
– layers of the atmosphere
Explain how energy provided by the Sun influences global patterns of atmospheric movement and/or the temperature differences among air, water, and land.
Differentiate among radiation, conduction, and convection in Earth’s systems.
The causes of wind and wind patterns Bill Nye Wind What is wind?