Earth as a System

This Earth as a System lesson plan also includes:

Ecosystem, human body system, weather system. We hear the word system a lot, but what does it really mean? In the activity, pairs or groups of learners discuss how a bicycle is a system and then analyze objects in their classroom and outside to determine other systems in their world. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use this before beginning weather systems, human body systems, or ecosystems to establish understanding of the word system
  • Place learners in pairs or small groups to enhance the activity as it is question driven; small groups allow for greater discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity may last two to three class periods
Pros
  • Includes teacher background as well as scripted questions and answers for teachers to use
  • Set up as 5E model: engage, explain, explore, elaborate, evaluate
  • Lists numerous extensions, making it a well-rounded lesson
Cons
  • None
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