Using global scale maps of winds and ocean currents students predict what region(s) in other parts of the world might be affected by their region.
Global Connections- Earth systems at the Global Scale GC2- Components of the Earth system Working Together (pdf)
Using data about the components of the Earth system at the global scale, students discuss how the components interact to form the Earth system as a whole and use the water cycle to explore this in more detail.
Local Connections- earth systems in the Local Study Site LC1- Connecting the Parts of the Study Site (pdf)
Students visit the study site, observe the different components of the Earth system and predict how they are connected to and affect each other.
Local Connections- earth systems in the Local Study Site LC2- Representing the Study Site in a Diagram (pdf)
Students, either individually or in small groups, use their knowledge of their study site develop a diagram that illustrates the most important connections between the different components of the Earth system.
Local Connections- earth systems in the Local Study Site LC3- Using Graphs to Show Connections (pdf)
Students use GLOBE student data to explore, understand, and communicate the connections between the components of the Earth system exist at the study site they are investigating.
Local Connections- earth systems in the Local Study Site LC4- Diagramming the Study Site for Others (pdf)
Students compare and contrast the diagrams of their study site developed by individuals or small groups, and develop a class diagram of their study site that best communicates the most important connections between the components of the Earth system that exist there.
Local Connections- earth systems in the Local Study Site LC5- Comparing the Study Site to One in Another Region (pdf)
Students compare and contrast diagram of their study site with a diagram developed for a region that is biogeographically different than their own.
Students broaden their understanding of the Earth system by expanding their view of the Earth system from the local site to a regional system by identifying the boundaries of a regional Earth system.
Regional Connections- earth systems at a Regional Level RC2- Effects of Inputs and Outputs on a Region (pdf)
Students examine the inputs and outputs of a regional scale Earth system and predict what would happen to that system if any of those inputs or outputs were changed.
A set of activities to introduce students to latitude, longitude, coordinates and relative and absolute directions. A GPS receiver is not needed.
Students develop a qualitative understanding of the characteristics and patterns of seasons and highlight the relationship of seasons to physical, biological and cultural markers.
Students use GLOBE data and graphing tools to compare the influence of latitude, elevation, and geography on seasonal patterns.
Students use GLOBE visualizations to display student data on maps and to learn about seasonal changes in regional and global temperature patterns.
Students use color visualizations and a 3-D paper model of the Earth to explore the causes of seasons, with a focus on Earth's tilt and its spherical shape.
Students use visualizations to compare the effects of incoming solar energy in the two hemispheres, furthering their understanding of seasonal change and climatic effects of land and water.
Through a series of activities, students will learn that there are no right answers to some questions. A GPS receiver is optional