Module 1: Earth

Earth

Lesson 1 –  Are We There Yet?  Mapping it out with Longitude and Latitude

Grade Level Content Standards for 6-8th
Subjects Physical Science or Earth & Space Science
Duration Preparation:     Minimum (<15 min)                                   

 Activity:  1.5 hour class time

Setting Classroom with internet and PowerPoint

Objectives:

In this lesson students will

  1. Be able to explain the concepts of geographic coordinates, longitude and latitude
  2. Calculate distances on a map
  3. Understand the distortions and differences between types of 3D and 2D maps

Activity Summary

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the locating points on the earth using geographic coordinates. They will be introduced to the types of models used to understand the shape and locations on the earth’s surface. Students will get to engage in fun activities like creating their own paper globe, finding the geographic locations of famous cities, using a compass and calculating the travel time to Disneyland.  

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Lesson 2 – Do You Read Me? Radio Waves, Magnetism, and Information Transfer

Grade Level Content Standards for 6-8th
Subjects Physical Science,  Earth, and Space Science
Duration Preparation:     (minimum <15 min)                                    

Activity:  3 hours class time

Setting Classroom with internet, video software and PowerPoint

Objectives:

In this lesson students will

  1. Be able to define, describe and draw magnetic field lines around a single magnet
  2. Describe the interaction between like and unlike magnetic poles
  3. Be able to understand waves in various forms
  4. Understand how radio waves are used to transmit information

Activity Summary

In this lesson, student will explore magnetic forces, be introduced to radio waves and concepts involving the electronic transfer of information.  The students will have an opportunity to work with magnets, engage in on-line simulations and in a physical activity to demonstrate how radio waves work.

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Lesson 3 –  I’m On My Way! Navigation & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Grade Level Content Standards for 6-8th
Subjects Physical Science,  Earth, and Space Science
Duration Preparation:     1 hour prior to class                                    

Activity:  3 hours class time

Setting Classroom with internet and PowerPoint

Objectives:

In this lesson students will

  1. Be able to understand how geological coordinates are determined and used for navigation
  2. Identify what the Global Positioning System (GPS) is and various applications of GPS
  3. Be able to calculate the travel time of a GPS signal

 

Activity Summary

In this final lesson of the first module, students will be introduced to GPS and navigation.  The students will do a brief exercise to calculate the time/distance formula required for satellite location positioning.

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