Unit Plans: The Sun and Earth's Climate


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In this article, teachers find two unit plans (grades K-2 and 3-5) that use resources featured in the science and literacy articles in the magazine. The unit plans are modeled after the five key steps in the learning cycle: engage, explore, explain, expand, and assess, or evaluate. The plans are aligned with the science content standards of the National Science Education Standards and the English language arts standards of the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. The plans appear in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. Less

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    Grade: TK/K to 6

    Topics: Earth & Space Science, Physics, Geology & the Dynamic Earth, Experimentation and the Scientific Method, Instructional Strategies, Education, Child Development & Family Services, Heat & Thermodynamics, Inquiry & Problem Based Learning, Earth's Resources, Energy & Work, Our Solar System, Professional Development, Mathematics, States of Matter (solids, liquids, gases), Ecology & Ecosystems, Weather, Climate & Atmosphere

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