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Author

Crash Course Kids

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Four Spheres Part 2 (Hydro and Atmo)

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Synopsis
  • This short video introduces students to the atmosphere and the hydrosphere using cartoon graphics, pictures, and a human narrator.
  • Students will learn about the different layers of the atmosphere.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The explanation of the Earth's spheres is clear and concise.
  • The video breaks down the words atmosphere and hydrosphere into their scientific prefixes and root words to help build scientific literacy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand that weather and climate are greatly influenced by the atmosphere and hydrosphere.
  • There may be an ad before the video.

Differentiation

  • Students could watch the video in pairs and draw a picture of the different layers of the atmosphere and components of the hydrosphere to demonstrate their understanding. 
  • The video uses illustrated examples in which students can test their knowledge of the difference between the atmosphere and the hydrosphere.
  • Other recommended resources include the first part of the four spheres video and this video on the importance of phytoplankton in the ocean's ecosystem.
Scientist Notes
This video introduces the spheres in Earth's systems, with particular attention to the hydrosphere and atmosphere. These two spheres are very critical in influencing the climate system. The resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
      • 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
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