Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Alignment
Disciplinary Core Idea/Sub-Idea:
ESS2. Earth's Systems
ESS2.C. The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes
MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
Exploring the Water Cycle
Extension 1 Instructional Focus
The Aqua satellite enables scientists to observe the global pattern of water vapor circulation and learn how it connects to the Sun, oceans, atmosphere, and life.
Extension 2 Instructional Focus
Students participate in a design team project entitled, “Engineering Designs for Active Debris Removal” that is aligned with MS-ETS1-2. After learning about ongoing research into several technologies, student teams research the various concepts and report to the class on their respective strengths and limitations.