D. Processes that Shape the Earth: 1. The student recognizes that processes in the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere interact to shape the Earth.: 6-8: The student...
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knows that mechanical and chemical activities shape and reshape the Earth's land surface by eroding rock and soil in some areas and depositing them in other areas, sometimes in seasonal layers.
Describes glaciers, and other forces at work in Antarctica
Making Your Own Salt Piece
In the style of salt artist J–rg Lenzlinger, make your own artistic salt creation in the classroom or at home. For Lenzlinger's Salt Piece, see: http://www.exploratorium.edu/turbulent/exhibit/saltcrystals.html
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knows that over the whole Earth, organisms are growing, dying, and decaying as new organisms are produced by the old ones.
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knows how conditions that exist in one system influence the conditions that exist in other systems.
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knows the ways in which plants and animals reshape the landscape (e.g., bacteria, fungi, worms, rodents, and other organisms add organic matter to the soil, increasing soil fertility, encouraging plant growth, and strengthening resistance to erosion).
Growing Slime Mold
This activity can be a little difficult, because you are dealing with living cells. But the results are well worth the effort. Observe natural patterns as you grow your own slime mold. You will need to order Physarum polycephalum from a biological supply company.