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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts

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Elementary GLOBE Earth Systems Module

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  • This engaging module includes a book, a play, two activities, and two coloring pages designed to introduce the concept of Earth as a series of systems that are all connected. 
  • Students will create terrariums, produce a play, and make outdoor observations to learn about the interconnections between water, air, soil, all living things, and the sun. 
Teaching Tips


  • Teachers can mix and match parts of the module to fit individual classroom needs.
  • All materials are available in Arabic, French, German, Norwegian, and Spanish.
  • Teacher support is comprehensive, with guides and tips for each section.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The storybook section can be utilized as an eBook, downloaded as a PDF, or printed as an on-demand paperback.
  • Bright drawings of our planet are included in the storybook, so teachers may wish to have a large globe for classroom use.
  • For the activity "Earth System In A Bottle," several additional materials are needed and are listed on the activity page.
  • Props and costumes are encouraged for the play.
  • The eBook link does not work. However, you can open the .pdf with the books app on an iPad or other Apple device.


  • There is a Teacher Implementation Guide for use with the storybook unit. The guide is downloadable and is available in English, Dutch, Spanish, and French.
  • The Earth System module is part of a set of Earth science modules found here.
  • Class discussions about the importance of each Earth system will be a logical first step in the learning process, while a written reflection of concepts learned can serve as a summative assessment.
  • The games mentioned at the end of the "We're All Connected: Earth Systems Interaction" activity can serve as stations. They are excellent independent work to occupy students waiting for their turn to plant in the "Earth System in a Bottle" activity.
Scientist Notes

This resource is from the CLEAN collection. “The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness.”

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-3 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • 5-LS1-1 Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 2-LS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
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