GLOBE Earth as a System- Exploring Single Images
- Students will learn to identify and interpret information
presented on a map
- Students will learn about different variables that affect
- Students will identify data and statistical information
Earth System Science Poster (either online version or printout): https://www.globe.gov/do-globe/for-teachers/earth-system-science-posters
NOTE: The small poster is a color version (340 KB) of the GLOBE Earth System Poster which can be printed on an office copier (using ~11x17" paper). The large poster is a full-size color version (51.9 MB) of the GLOBE Earth System Poster which can be downloaded for printing. The lowres version of the poster is the same size as the large one, but at a lower resolution and smaller file size (2.4 MB).
- Arrange students into six groups (preferably no more than
six students per group).
- Provide each student with one global image corresponding to
the variable labels
- Ask students to study and interpret their images for
- Have groups designate a spokesperson, to report observations
from the members of the group.
- Ask the six groups, one at a time, to share with the entire
class the information provided on their images.
Framework & Standards
Enduring UnderstandingsNGSS: Student Performance Expectation (SPE):
- 2-ESS-3: Earth’s Systems, 5-ESS2
- MS-LS1 From Molecules to
Organisms: Structure and Processes
- MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions,
Energy, and Dynamics
- MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
- HS-LS1 From Molecules to
Organisms: Structures and Processes
- HS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity
- HS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems
- HS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
- Use the following guiding questions:
- What variable did you examine and what is the range of
values shown on the scale bars?
- Where in the world do you find the highest and lowest values
(the extremes) of the data in your images?
- Why do these locations experience the extremes and not other
- Are any patterns in the data noticeable? Are patterns
different on different continents? Different over water than over land? Explain