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Conceptual Flows and Lesson Plans

The 2018 SCSP summer institute focused on concepts in Earth and Space Science: Earth's Place in the Universe (ESS1) and Earth's Systems (ESS2). The content of this insitute will be repeated in 2024.

The 2019 SCSP Summer Institute will focus on Environmental Science: Earth and Human Activity (ESS3) and the Environmental Principles and Concepts across Disciplanary Core Ideas. Lessons and conceptual flows will be posted at that time.


 

Earth's Place in the Universe Conceptual Flow

Earth's Place in the Universe Lesson Plans and Materials

Earth's Systems Conceptual Flow

Earth's Systems Lesson Plans and Materials

Earth and Human Activity Conceptual Flow - coming August 2019 

Earth and Human Activity Lesson Plans and Materials - coming August 2019 

 

Earth and Space Science Conceptual Flows

Our conceptual flows are diagrams that show one way that scientific concepts within a specific disciplanary core idea can connect and build. These diagrams include concepts from kindergarten through eighth grade and help guide our instruction for each summer institute. 

Conceptual Flow Diagram 

Disciplanary Core Ideas 

NGSS Performance Expectation(s) 

Click on linked PEs to see corresponding lessons. 

Year Presented

 

Earth's Place in the Universe

ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

  • ESS1.A: The Universe and its Stars
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
  • ESS1.C: The History of the Planet Earth

1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2

3-ESS2-1

5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2

MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3

Summer 2018

 

Earth's Systems

 ESS2: Earth's Systems

  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in the Earth's Surface Processes
  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
  • ESS2.E: Biogeology

K-ESS2-1, K-ESS3-2

2-ESS1-2, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS1-3

3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2

4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2
 
5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2
 
MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6
Summer 2018

Earth and Human Activity 

coming Summer 2019

ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • ESS3.B: Nautral Hazards
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
coming Summer 2019 coming Summer 2019

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ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe - Lesson Plans and Materials

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

 

 

 

 

1

1-ESS1-1

Shadow Systems

Students will go outside to observe and record data about their shadows for four consecutive days in the morning, noon, and afternoon. Each day will conclude with a classroom discussion that asks students to analyze their data and identify patterns and trends in the movement of their shadows and the sun. By the end of the week, the concept of systems will be introduced and applied to the shadows they observe. On the last day, students will apply what they have learned from watching their own shadows to create their own shadow system in the classroom.

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Teacher Materials (Word)

Teacher Materials (PDF)

Mandi de Witte

Summer 2018

 

 

 

5

 

5-ESS1-1

 

Stargazing

In this lesson students will explore why stars appear brighter or dimmer in the sky. They will also learn that a star’s brightness can be measured in two different ways: the actual brightness (brightness from a fixed distance) and apparent brightness (brightness from Earth). Through guided inquiry, students will discover that a star’s brightness from Earth is a combination of the star’s actual brightness and its distance from Earth.

 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Star Cards (powerpoint)

Stargazing Slides (powerpoint)

Darby Feldwinn

Summer 2018

 

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ESS2: Earth's Systems - Lesson Plans and Materials

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

 

 

 

K

K-ESS2-1

My Weather Journal

​In this lesson students will explore the local weather patterns on sunny, cloudy, foggy, rainy, stormy, and windy days. They will also learn how to analyze and interpret a month long calendar and a bar graph to see what the most common and least common local weather patterns are. Through guided discussions, students will also analyze and interpret the local weather of Big Bear, California to find the most and least common weather patterns.

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Additional Lesson Materials

Nichole Hughes

Summer 2018

 

 

 

2

2-ESS2-2

 

 

Landforms and Bodies of Water

In this lesson students will practice developing and using models through the exploration and identification of landforms and bodies of water in Santa Barbara County.

 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (G Doc)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Additional Lesson Materials

Janis Spracher

Patty Malone

Summer 2018

 

 

 

 

3

3-ESS2-2

Climate in the U.S.A.

Students will work in groups of three to obtain and evaluate temperature and precipitation data for an assigned city. They will create bar graphs from the provided data to identify trends in the stability and change of their city’s climate. Students will use the collected data to decide what type of climate their city exhibits. Lastly, they will create a short presentation and weather forecast to communicate their findings to their classmates to compare climates around the United States. Great connections to common core math, and research practice for third grade students!

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Additional Lesson Materials

Mandi de Witte

Summer 2018

 

 

4

4-ESS2-1

Stream Table Investigations

In this lesson students use stream tables to investigate variables that affect the way water erosion alters landforms. During the lesson, students measure and make note of the relationship between the changing variable and the amount of erosion.  They will use data collected to create a cause and effect conclusion related to the variable they chose. Detailed instructions on how to set up stream tables are included in lesson materials. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Lauri Dahlin

Summer 2018

 

 

6 / MS

MS-ESS2-4

Modeling the Water Cycle

In this lesson, students will observe/investigate the movement of water through the different stages of the water cycle and determine what drives this cycle.  Students are asked to think about what precipitation is then watch a video about why the water cycle is important. They observe a simple version of the water cycle and record these observations. Students are asked what stages require solar radiation, which require water to give off heat, and which are driven by the force of gravity.  Students record on their posters the different processes in the water cycle and how energy is involved. Students build their understanding of the water cycle through different models that are shown or experienced. The culminating activity has students creating their own model of the water cycle from the viewpoint of a water molecule including the processes, the energy involved, and gravity.

Lesson Plan

Kim Castagna

Summer 2018

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