Earth’s Systems

BIG IDEA/COMMON THREAD

The geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact in various ways. The distribution of water on Earth can be described and graphed.

ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS

  • Four major Earth systems interact. Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller pieces and disperse them. (ESS2.A)
  • Most of Earth’s water is in the ocean and much of Earth’s freshwater is in glaciers or underground (ESS2.C)
  • Societal activities have had major effects on land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space.  Societal activities can also help protect Earth’s resources and environments. (ESS3.C)

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

  • In what ways do the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact?
  • Where is water found on the Earth and how is it distributed?
  • How do individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment?

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