Earth and Space Science

Students wrap up their Watery Earth unit of science study by learning about Earth Day, demonstrating their knowledge of water as a natural resource, and thinking differently about one of their favorite books, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.

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he Weather Unit guides children through a yearlong study of weather. Children observe, measure, describe, and record aspects of weather such as temperature, air, wind, and clouds; practice using tools to measure weather; and look for weather patterns. The unit provides a number of experiences that offer children a connection with the weather in their environment.

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This presentation is in Google sheets form and allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of clouds.  

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As a society, we use land in many different ways. The way we use land has a tremendous impact on how water flows over and through land as it makes it way to streams, rivers, and the Great Lakes. When rainwater falls on land, it gradually makes its way downhill. In developed areas, including both farms and urban areas, there is much less vegetation to slow the water down.

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Rivers are incredibly important to our society and our environment, but we haven’t always treated our rivers as well as we should. By using pictures taken from satellites orbiting the earth, we can examine rivers all over Michigan and try to identify those rivers that appear to have higher water quality and those that appear to have lower quality.

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As rain falls all over Michigan, the water gathers in small local watersheds, which feed into larger regional watersheds, which ultimately feed into the Great Lakes. Water that falls on the land in Michigan eventually flows into one of the Great Lakes because the elevation of the Great Lakes is generally lower than the elevation of the land in Michigan.

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This lesson focuses on the use of elevation maps with a focus on Michigan’s Muskegon River Watershed. Students are introduced to an elevation profile tool and expected to produce a profile of two other Michigan rivers and examine their watersheds.

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Find areas that are predicted to change because of climate change.

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Use hurricane track information to understand factors that encourage the formation of hurricanes.

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Explore relationships between temperature, pressure, and humidity with daily weather forecasts.

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