Middle School: Investigating Life on the Third Rock

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This unit was developed by the Clark County School District's Curriculum and Professional Development Division Science Department.

Rating: Example of High Quality NGSS Design if Improved

Science Discipline: Earth & Space Sciences, Physical Sciences

Length: Unit

In Investigating Life on the Third Rock, middle school students work to generate and explore the overarching question of “How does the solar system and its objects affect life on Earth?” Students use modeling and argumentation to explore the lesson-level questions: “What properties of the solar system and its objects help explain why Earth can sustain life?” “Does the Moon affect life on Earth?” and “Why do the solar system and its objects move like they do?”

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Investigating Life on the Third Rock

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Larry Monroe
Is there a teacher's edition to the materials. Just want to make sure I'm giving out the best info for the questions being asked to students.
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Achieve Admin
Hi Larry, In the document titled "Investigating Life on the Third Rock: A Unit Overview, Outline, and Document List," each investigation has a link to a separate google doc with teacher materials (starting on page 4). Let me know if that's what you're looking for!
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Sherry
I am working through the Investigations and when you get to Investigation 2.2 the link for the Seawifs project does not work. I have found it by googling the link but when you try and launch the site it continues to just show WGBH. Since the entire investigation is geared toward this site I would like some more guidance as to how to get it to work. Thanks.
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Lori
Hi Sherry, Thanks for pointing that out. I am one of the authors of the unit and appreciate the feedback! We have found the link does not work on a Chrome browser, as the link is a Shockwave Flash. We were able to get it to work in Firefox.
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