Energy and Matter: Dust Transport (Student Activity)
- Review the following questions before watching the video. Then watch and observe for the answers.
- Where does the dust originate or come from? What is special about the location of where the dust originates?
- Where does the dust travel to? What is special about this location?
- How does the dust get from one place to the other?
- What NASA satellite collects the data?
- What is special about the way that the data are collected and displayed by this satellite?
- How are the geosphere and the biosphere connected in this example?
- Play the video at least once.
Teachers, these mini lessons/student activities are perfect "warm up" tasks that can be used as a hook, bellringer, exit slip, etc.
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Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
- HS-ESS2-3: Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.
- HS-ESS2-2: Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.