All Middle School Topics » Structure and Properties of Matter / Chemical Reactions / Forces and Interactions / Energy / Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation / Structure and Function of Living Things / Organisms and Ecosystems / Relationships in Ecosystems / Reproduction and Growth of Organisms / Natural Selection and Adaptations / Space Systems / History of Earth / Earth’s Systems / Weather and Climate / Human Impacts
middle schoolEarth’s Systems
Discovery Channel provides this interactive resource where you can learn about the types of volcanoes and adjust variables to make your own eruption. Explore the effects of viscosity and gas and watch your volcano explode! HTML5 is required.
Check out this interactive resource with a built in game by PhET. Learn about different types of radiometric dating, such as carbon dating. Understand how decay and half-life work to enable radiometric dating. Play the game to test your ability to match the percentage of the dating element that remains to the age of the object. Flash is required. Dowload and launch.
Earth’s Materials and Systems (ESS2.A)
- All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among the planet’s systems. This energy comes from the sun and Earth’s hot interior. The energy that flows and the matter that cycles produce chemical and physical changes in the Earth’s materials and living organisms. (MS-ESS2-1)
The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes (ESS2.C)
- Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation, crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land. (MS-ESS2-4)
- Global movements of water and its changes in form are driven by sunlight and gravity (MS-ESS2-4)
Natural Resources (ESS3.A)
- Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes. (MS-ESS3-1)
Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”
Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.