ERIC Number: ED402203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Our Mission to Planet Earth: A Guide to Teaching Earth System Science.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
The primary goal of this guide is for children to become familiar with the concept of cycles and to learn that some human activities can cause changes in their environment. Although the guide addresses Earth's components, it does so from the perspective of space to show the planet as a large system with interacting parts. To demonstrate on a much smaller scale how these parts work together, children are asked to build their own Earth system--a terrarium--which is used for experimentation throughout the unit. Through experimentation with the terrarium, children learn about the impact of global change on the system. After completing the lessons, students also learn how scientists use satellite technology to examine the entire planet as a whole to study global climate. They create their own models of instruments and satellites and learn about careers in earth system science. Through hands-on activities, experiments, and discussions, students practice how to identify, classify, organize, and recall information. This guide contains four units: Earth From Space; Forces of Change; Global Change; and Mission to Planet Earth. Also included is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) resource list. (JRH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Note: Contains seven color photographs (lithographs) that may not reproduce well.