FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Earth, Cycles, and Change (TX Ed.)

The constant renewal of water and the reshaping of land on Earth's land surfaces by the activities in the atmosphere that create weather are defining characteristics of Earth, the water planet. The Earth, Cycles, and Change Module provides students with experiences to explore the dynamics of weather and water cycling on Earth, the movement of sediments to form new landforms, and the processes that form sedimentary rocks. In this module, students will:

  • Observe and compare shadows during a school day and use physical models to explain day and night.
  • Compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.
  • Investigate properties of air and describe the atmosphere using visual displays.
  • Investigate the conditions that cause condensation and evaporation as part of the water cycle.
  • Investigate the process of physical weathering by water, ice,and wind, and the land formations created by erosion and deposition.
  • Model the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossils.
  • Compare alternative energy resources to fossil fuels.

For a description of each investigation in the Earth, Cycles, and Change Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF in English or Spanish.

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