Investigating Earth Systems

Designed to lead middle-school students through a complete and thought-provoking exploration of Earth’s systems and how they are all connected. Understanding that the Earth is a dynamic system and that it affects living things engages students and makes the content more relevant.

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Inquiry Approach

Investigating Earth Systems is an Inquiry-Based Earth Science Program.


Students Learn Like Scientists and Engineers

Students use science practices to develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations, analyze data, and construct explanations.

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Curriculum Details

Students learn how to use science practices, to develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations, analyze data, and construct explanations, as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Curriculum Written by Geoscience Experts

We all turn to experts when we want the right advice, and in Earth science, those experts are the 250,000 geoscientists at the American Geological Institute (AGI).

Investigating Earth Systems was developed by the Education Department of AGI, with support from the National Science Foundation and AGI Foundation.

Developed for ALL Students

Investigating Earth Systems can be tailored to meet the needs of all students. A pre-assessment for each unit targets the major concepts and understandings. Strengths and weaknesses in students’ understandings, their misconceptions, as well as their abilities to communicate that understanding to others can be evaluated and used to guide instruction.

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