Earth Science Resources

The transformative geoscience resources described in the @Concord Earth Science special issue are available below! Designed for middle and high school students, the online curriculum modules include one or more Earth systems models plus pre- and post-assessments and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition to student modules, these units provide Teacher Editions with detailed background information, tips, and exemplar student responses, as well as classroom management tools, reports, and a real-time dashboard to help you keep track of student progress.

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Modules


These free online curriculum lessons were developed for five days of classroom instruction and include one or more Earth systems models plus assessment items.

  • GEODE Plate TectonicsGEODE Plate Tectonics
    Help students build a systems view of plate tectonics through focused case studies and interactions with the Seismic Explorer and Tectonic Explorer models.
  • Hurricane Risk & ImpactHurricane Risk & Impact
    Help students build an understanding of how hurricanes travel and grow, the risks hurricanes bring to people and their communities, and the impact of climate change.
  • Wildfire Risk & ImpactWildfire Risk & Impact
    Help students build an understanding of the variables that influence fire spread rate and intensity, and the risks wildfires bring to people and their communities.
  • ClimateWhat is the future of Earth's climate?
    Earth's temperature has increased over the past 120 years due to increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. How will the climate change over the next 120 years?
  • WaterWill there be enough fresh water?
    Clean fresh water is a limited and valuable resource, threatened by shortages and pollution. Students use models of groundwater to explore the question, will there be enough fresh water for the future?
  • AirWill the air be clean enough to breathe?
    Smog events are less common than they used to be in the US, but are still common in cities around the world. What factors affect air quality, and how can we ensure the air will be clean enough to breathe?
  • LandCan we feed the growing population?
    Our agricultural system is made up of interconnected resources that affect how much food can be produced. Students explore land management models to determine how we can grow enough food to support ourselves.
  • EnergyWhat are our energy choices?
    All energy sources have detrimental effects on the environment. In this module, students compare the costs and benefits of different electricity-generating sources to explore the question, what are the best energy sources?
  • SpaceIs there life in space?
    There are billions of galaxies filled with billions of stars. Each star has the potential to have planets orbiting it. Does life exist on some of those planets?

Contact Us

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