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Our Mission to Planet Earth
A Guide to Teaching Earth System Science

This teacher's guide for grades K-4 includes activities such as setting up a terrarium as an Earth System model to demonstrate the water cycle, the greenhouse effect, and the difference between global warming and cooling. Students can also create their own models of instruments and satellites and learn about careers in Earth System Science.

Download the units (all files are PDF):

Download the entire Our Mission to Planet Earth (60 pages - 1.7 MB) or download the sections you want below...

Introductory Materials - cover, title pages, table of contents, etc.(344 K)

Unit 1: Earth From Space (204 K)

Unit 2: Forces of Change (152 K)

Unit 3: Global Change (176 K)

Unit 4: Mission to Planet Earth (248 K)

NASA Resources for Educators (960 K)

Evaluation Card (20 K)


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Last modified by Nathan Smith - 18 July 2002