Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Earth's Systems - Section 3: Explore


Throughout this lesson, I was reminded of how a diagram or picture can help build a conceptual understanding of science vocabulary and concepts.

For example, while discussing the meaning of interconnected, students immediately began connecting the meaning of the word with the poster, "Yeah, like when the volcano erupts, smoke goes into the atmosphere." 

When I pointed out the importance of minerals in our everyday lives and how we use aluminum to construct many buildings, one student's hand shot up, "Oh! I found something in the picture that's an example of the geosphere! The house!" 

Having a visual aid clearly continually helped students understand and apply new information. 

  Using Diagrams & Pictures
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Diagrams & Pictures
Loading resource...

The Earth's Systems

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 1 of 16

Objective: SWBAT develop a model to describe Earth's four major systems.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students are provided with an overview of the four major systems on Earth. Students will then analyze how the four spheres are pictured in a photograph.

  Print Lesson
275 teachers like this lesson
Similar Lessons
The Atmosphere
6th Grade Science » Earth's Atmosphere and Weather
Big Idea: By pondering what Earth would be like without an atmosphere, students gain a better perspective of its purpose and function.
Brooklyn, NY
Environment: Urban
Drewe Warndorff
Kaley Introduces Plaid Pete to Earth's Systems
5th Grade Science » Plaid Pete is Modeling Earth's Systems
Big Idea: What are the major systems that make up our planet? What are their defining characteristics? Students work with picture cards and the List, Group, Label strategy to discover the answers!
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
Amy Miller
1. Up, Up and Away! Exploring the Layers of the Atmosphere
5th Grade Science » Weather
Big Idea: Students will create a model of the layers of the atmosphere, plot the altitude of each layer on a graph, and write and/or draw features of each layer on this graph.
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
Carrie Boyden
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload