Science
Strand V
Use Scientific Knowledge from the Earth and Space Sciences in Real-World Contexts

 

Science/Strand V
Content Standard 1
All students will describe the EarthÕs surface; describe and explain how the EarthÕs features change over time; and analyze effects of technology on the EarthÕs surface and resources. (Geosphere)

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1
Elementary

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/Elementary
Benchmark 1
Describe major features of the EarthÕs surface.

Benchmark Clarification

The EarthÕs surface has many different kinds of physical features.

Students will:

  • Describe the EarthÕs surface in different locations
  • Distinguish between features such as mountains/hills, mountains/ plains, mountains/valleys, grasslands/deserts, oceans/lakes, rivers/waterfalls, and lakes/stream.

Key Concept / Real World Context / Instructional Example / Assessment Example / Resources

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/Elementary/Benchmark 1
Key Concept
Types of landforms:

  • mountains
  • plains
  • valleys
  • deserts

See (SCI.V.2.E.2).

Bodies of water:

  • rivers
  • oceans
  • lakes

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/Elementary/Benchmark 1
Real World Context
Examples of Michigan features:

  • hills
  • valleys
  • rivers
  • waterfalls
  • Great Lakes
  • pictures of global land features:
    • mountains
    • deserts
    • valleys
    • plains

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/Elementary/Benchmark 1
Instructional Example

Benchmark Question: What is the EarthÕs surface like?

Focus Question: How could you describe the major features of the EarthÕs surface?

The teacher will pose the focus question. The students will look for pictures in old magazines or online that reflect all of the key concepts. Upon completion of their research, students will classify their pictures based on physical features. During the classification process, students will come to a consensus on how to describe the features. The students will present their pictures and explain the reasoning for their classifications orally. The teacher should monitor students for misconceptions.

What might be some misconceptions that students would have?

Constructing: (SCI.I.1.E.1), (SCI.I.1.E.5).

Reflecting: (SCI.II.1.E.1).

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/Elementary/Benchmark 1
Assessment Example

Students will illustrate and write descriptions of six or more major features of the EarthÕs surface.

(Give students rubric before activity.)

Scoring Rubric

Criteria

Apprentice

Basic

Meets

Exceeds

Number of illustrations

Illustrates four or fewer major features of the EarthÕs surface.

Illustrates five different major features of the EarthÕs surface.

Illustrates six different features of the EarthÕs surface.

Illustrates more than six different features of the EarthÕs surface.

Completeness of descriptions

Writes four or fewer descriptions of major features of the EarthÕs surface.

Writes five descriptions of major features of the EarthÕs surface.

Writes six accurate descriptions of major features of the EarthÕs surface.

Writes more than six descriptions of major features of the EarthÕs surface.

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/Elementary/Benchmark 1
Resources

Webliography.
http://mtn.merit.edu/mcf/SCI.V.1.E.1.html

Earth from Above: uses the Flash format to feature the amazing photos of Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Images exist for all sorts of physical and cultural phenomena, especially agriculture. Choose images by geographic locale or from an index. Animated clips and screensavers are also available.
http://home.fujifilm.com/efa/

Color Landform Atlas of the U.S. offers shaded relief maps (large file size), county maps, black and white maps, satellite image, 1895 maps (Big: 1.92 Mb), and postscript file maps for printing of all 50 states.
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html

Geomorphology from Space: Ō237 plates, each treating a geographic region where a particular landform theme is exemplified. Commentary, photographs, locator maps, and sometimes a geologic map accompany each plate.Ķ
http://daac.gsfc.nasa.gov/DAAC_DOCS/geomorphology/GEO_HOME_PAGE.html

Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth. Scholastic, 1989.

EarthÕs features.
http://encarta.msn.com/

Physical features.
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/docs/ask-a-ge.html

Stille, Darlene. Deserts. TRUE BOOKS ECOSYSTEMS SERIES. ChildrenÕs Press, 1999.