Earth, Sun, and Moon: General Characteristics of Earth

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Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the first of four Science Objects in the Earth, Sun, and Moon SciPack. It provides an understanding of how the different spheres (atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere) of Earth interact and why each plays an important role in making Earth the only planet with the conditions necessary for life. Earth is approximately spherical in shape like all planets and stars. Earth is composed mostly of rock. Three-fourths of its surface is covered by a relatively thin layer of water (some of it frozen), and the entire planet is surrounded by a relatively thin blanket of air.

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Reviews (14)
  • on Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:52 AM

This is a good introductory science object to give the overview of this broad topic.

Robin Willig  (Rye Brook, NY)
Robin Willig (Rye Brook, NY)

  • on Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:27 AM

I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Earth, Sun, and Moon: General Characteristics of Earth Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are really beneficial!

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:27 AM

I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Earth, Sun, and Moon: General Characteristics of Earth Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are really beneficial!

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:51 PM

Very informative!

Jennipher
Jennipher

  • on Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:31 PM

I used this resource in my 2012-2013 Earth Science class and during my 2013 NASA Summer of Innovation summer school class! Loved the resource and the interactions! Also used in a Teacher Workshop prior to ALI'I!

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Wed May 09, 2012 1:26 PM

I just finished this resource but was unable to get credit for it! How do I get credit for completing it?

Amy B  (Whitesville, NY)
Amy B (Whitesville, NY)

  • on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:40 PM

This is an eye opening resource on the unique features of the earth. More lessons should be developed on this topic to educate students and provide educators with teaching strategies.

Ronaldo Relador  (Bowie, MD)
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)

  • on Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:30 PM

The pictures for the general characteristics of Earth were really helpful. I put them as my lesson for my students and it helped give the students a better understanding of what I was teaching them. It helped me too! It was informative without providing excess detail.

Kelly  (Brewster, NY)
Kelly (Brewster, NY)

  • on Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:24 PM

I really enjoyed reading this resource. It was very informative, it was my first time hearing about the Cryosphere!!! I love learning, thanks NSTA!!!

Nikki T
Nikki T

  • on Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:52 AM

This resource offers a basic review of earth science and is very informative. It is a great way to refresh science concepts and even has pictures that can be utilized in the classroom.

Laura  (San Diego, CA)
Laura (San Diego, CA)

  • on Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:55 PM

In this section, the recording stops after this part and does not include anything farther in the written section..."Are We Alone? As far as we know, Earth is the only planet in our solar system on which life exists. In our quest to find life on other planets, moons, or solar systems, one basic rule must apply: Follow the water. Since liquid water plays a central role for every organism on Earth, it is reasonable to expect that life elsewhere in our solar system, if it exists," It ends after this.

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:03 PM

Basic review of Earth Science 101. Liked the section of other possible habital planets/moons. With the on-going NASA telescope missions I'm sure others will have to be added...like Kepler 22b?

Katherine Jezidija-Kendall
Katherine Jezidija-Kendall

  • on Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:55 PM

This review is a great way to refresh on general topics regrading Earth's structure and components.

Nathalia
Nathalia

  • on Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:28 AM

Very general introduction to a few concepts covered in ES studies. I enjoyed the explaination of the reasons earth is habitable.

MaryJo
MaryJo


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