Incorporating Earth Science into Other High School Science Classes

Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Gordon: Ed Gordon Suite
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Cheryl Manning, OrbWeaver Consulting

We will explore some different approaches to integrate Earth Science concepts into Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses by finding the interconnections between the sciences using the Next Generation Science Standards. We will identify ways to reference the role of Earth Sciences in the other sciences during lectures, activities and laboratory assignments and develop relevant problems for students to solve that weave the sciences together. This will focus on using current issues, media stories, and problems affecting participant communities. Working in collaborative teams, participants will develop intriguing problem statements, setting the stage for high school students to research and design solutions using an integrated science approach. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a lesson or unit of study that engages students through problem-based learning and a list resources that can be used in solving the problem.

Presentation Media

Earth Science in other HS courses (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 154kB Jul18 16)

Presentation Media

Earth in other HS courses (2) (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 154kB Jul18 16)


Goals of the program:

  1. Using the Next Generation Science Standards, participants will identify the Earth Science ideas in the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices that can be woven into High School Biology, Chemistry and Physics Courses.
  2. Participants will collaborate to create problem-based learning opportunities for students to investigate and develop lessons and units of study. Participants are encouraged to bring lessons that they would like to work on.


1:30 Welcome & Introductions

Understanding the NGSS

Identifying the connections to other Disciplinary Core Ideas at the High School Level

Examining existing lessons and creating new ones

3:55 Workshop evaluation

4:00 Adjourn

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