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Google Earth Education: Inquiry Based Lesson Plan Ages 10-13

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards


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Teachers will use the Google Earth Voyager Story, Exploring Earth’s Ecosystems, to provide multiple sources to consider for this inquiry investigation.

• Teachers will present students with the inquiry, should humans intervene when imbalances in ecosystems are observed?

• Teachers will introduce 3 more sources of information using the Google Earth Voyager Story, Exploring Earth’s Ecosystems.

• Students will work to identify and classify evidence from each source in one of two categories: Yes (humans should intervene) or No (humans should not intervene).

• After reviewing the evidence, students will form a hypothesis that they will share with the class.

• With each new source of information, students will add to their evidence chart and make adjustments to their hypothesis.

• Finally, students will write an argument essay using their final hypothesis as the claim and referring to specific evidence from the sources used.




Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.


Google Earth Education
September 24, 2018