Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide - PS-3851

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Overview

Our standards-based, STEM-focused Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide has been designed by educators and curriculum experts for both new and experienced teachers. The 13 core lab activities engage students as they collect real-time data, make predictions, use critical thinking skills, and build vocabulary skills with key terms challenges. Students get practice for standardized exams with multiple-choice questions.

The guide includes assessment, as well as a flash drive with teacher tips, the full teacher edition, and an editable MS Word version of student handouts.

Every lab uses our SPARKvue software which is free to download and provides the same experience on Windows or Mac computers, Chromebooks, Android tablets or iPads.

Add the probeware bundle:

  • The Wireless Earth Science Starter Bundle contains probeware used in the experiments found in the Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide. It includes sensors for pH, temperature, weather and GPS, Light and Motion.
  • If you are also using the Teacher Guides for Middle School Life Science and Middle School Physical Science then the Wireless Middle School Science Standard Bundle is the most cost effective option as it provides all the sensors needed for all three Teacher Guides without overlap.

See the buying guide at the bottom of the page for details.

Includes

  • Spiral-bound Teacher Binder with PDF versions of each activity and a wealth of resources
  • Editable Word files for each student version
  • Flash Drive containing all information in electronic format
  • Experiments

    Acid Rain and Weathering

    Use a pH sensor to test a simulated acid rain’s reaction with a variety of materials.

    Exploring Environmental Temperatures

    Use a temperature sensor to explore temperatures variations in multiple locations in the environment, organize and compare the information in simple tables, and identify relationships the temperature patterns reveal.

    Investigating Evaporation and Condensation

    Use a temperature sensor to explore temperatures variations in multiple locations in the environment, organize and compare the information in simple tables, and identify relationships the temperature patterns reveal.

    Investigating Seismic Waves

    Use a light sensor to measure the amplitude and frequency of vibrations during three simulated earthquakes.

    Mapping the Ocean Floor

    Use a motion sensor to scan a cross-section of a simulated ocean floor terrain.

    Monitoring Weather

    Use a weather sensor to monitor weather outdoors at various times in the day and over an extended period of time.

    Night and Day

    Use a light sensor to measure the light level that falls on a simulated "earth's" surface as it turns through several rotations.

    Observing Clouds

    Use a weather sensor to measure meteorological conditions over a period of one week or more.

    Seasons

    Use a light sensor to investigate the relationship between the earth's tilt on its axis, its revolution around the sun, and the seasons.

    Soil Characteristics

    Use a pH sensor to investigate the pH of different soil samples.

    Soil Salinity

    Use a conductivity sensor to measure the level of conductivity of various water and soil samples.

    Water's Role in the Climate

    Use a conductivity sensor to classify substances based on their ability to dissolve in water and measure the changes in the conductivity of water as substances dissolve in it.

    Water, the Universal Solvent

    Use a conductivity sensor to classify substances based on their ability to dissolve in water and measure the changes in the conductivity of water as substances dissolve in it.

    Buying Guide

    Add a Probeware Bundle

    Each lab manual has a corresponding Starter Bundle that contains  sensors needed for one group to perform most or all of the activities in that manual.

    If you are purchasing all three Teacher Guides we recommend the Standard Bundle which provides a set of the sensors needed (without duplication) to perform the 49 activities in all three manuals.