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This lesson offers opportunity for students to look into the benefits of erosion in fertilizing the oceans with nutrients. This lesson also briefly covers Eckmann spirals and deep sea upwelling.


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  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


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SCI.8.S8.B.3.1.1: Science

Explain the flow of energy through an ecosystem (e.g., food chains, food webs).

SCI.8.S8.B.3.1.2: Science

Identify major biomes and describe abiotic and biotic components (e.g., abiotic: different soil types, air, water sunlight; biotic: soil microbes, decomposers).

SCI.8.S8.B.3.1.3: Science

Explain relationships among organisms (e.g., producers/consumers, predator/prey) in an ecosystem.

SCI.8.S8.B.3.2.1: Science

Use evidence to explain factors that affect changes in populations (e.g., deforestation, disease, land use, natural disaster, invasive species).

SCI.8.S8.B.3.2.2: Science

Use evidence to explain how diversity affects the ecological integrity of natural systems.

SCI.8.S8.B.3.2.3: Science

Describe the response of organisms to environmental changes (e.g., changes in climate, hibernation, migration, coloration) and how those changes affect survival.

SCI.8.S8.B.3.3.1: Science

Explain how human activities may affect local, regional, and global environments.

SCI.8.S8.D.1.1.2: Science

Describe natural processes that change Earth?s surface (e.g., landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, mountain building, new land being formed, weathering, erosion, sedimentation, soil formation).

SCI.8.S8.D.1.2.2: Science

Describe potential impacts of human-made processes (e.g., manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, mining) on Earth?s resources, both nonliving (i.e., air, water, or earth materials) and living (i.e., plants and animals).

SCI.8.S8.D.1.3.1: Science

Describe the water cycle and the physical processes on which it depends (i.e., evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration, runoff, infiltration, energy inputs, and phase changes).

SCI.8.S8.D.1.3.3: Science

Distinguish among different water systems (e.g., wetland systems, ocean systems, river systems, watersheds) and describe their relationships to each other as well as to landforms.

SCI.6.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including journals/notebooks, beakers, Petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, hot plates, test tubes, triple beam balances, microscopes, thermometers, calculators, computers, timing devices, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and

SCI.8.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including lab journals/notebooks, beakers, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, anemometers, psychrometers, hot plates, test tubes, spring scales, balances, microscopes, thermometers, calculators, computers, spectroscopes, timing devices, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-06-22.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This short podcast is part of the Meet Me at the Corner series. It is a virtual field trip to NYC’s St. John’s Cathedral of the Divine for a feast and blessing of the animals. A boy leads us on this visit and interviews the priest who blesses the animals and talks about St. Francis. We see the animals inside and outside of the church and learn about this tradition. This interesting video is well produced, highly informational and does indeed bring a piece of NYC to students all over the world.
Curriki Review System
July 31, 2010

This resource received a 3* rating because it is part of Unit 2: Weather and Water, which is part of the larger resource Earth Systems Science Curriculum. This larger resource received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System. You can learn more about this larger resource by reading its review and comments.

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