Teachers

EveryDay Earth is designed to deliver a range of earth science content at a variety of grade levels, from 1st through 12th grades. The primary target audience level is 4th and 5th grades. The narrative content is especially accesible for late Elementary/Intermediate aged students. Some content may also be easily accessible to older students, in 8th grade and beyond.  


The program is designed to be used in several ways; either as a standalone activity for individual students, or as a fully teacher-led course. 

EveryDay Earth is designed to expose Oklahoma students to Earth Science concepts in a fun and entertaining way. The program provides interactive video adventures, or Missions, which are case studies in scientific investigation. The format mimics how students naturally gather data and "figure things out" as they interact with their environment in their everyday lives; such as doing science on an outdoor hike or even skipping rocks on a pond.

Learning situations are introduced to the students in the form of daily lessons. Each mission is based on delivering lessons supporting 4-8th grade level OASS Standards (Earth and Space Science standards only, at this time).  

During Missions, students join the adventures of the fictional “EveryDay Earth Corps" of Earth Science agents. The students are presented with a minimum of five learning days (5-8 short lessons) per mission. Students are asked to participate in scientific investigations via a unique interactive video format that allows them to choose different paths in the videos.

The interactive videos serve to provide both core concepts and cross-cutting topics. When combined with active teacher-led discussions and in-classroom participation (either with open discussion, in-class experiments, quizzes or our hands-on "rock/mineral/fossil" interface!) the experience is completed.

During three part lessons, students first explore and observe a scene and ask questions. A short video introduces the scene and suggests potential key observations leading to one or more testable hypsotheses. 

 

Part B presents a interactive investigation where teacher-led student groups pursue gathering data to test various claims/hypotheses and reason why the evidence supports or refutes their claim.  Multiple alternative choices are available in the program with non-ideal reasoning with constructive feedback for incorrect choices - so failure is also a potential learning opportunity.   Correct assessments yield challenge rewards and positive learning reinforcement (i.e., users receive special “Estemite” crystals which “power” their devices allowing them to proceed.)

Each Mission is designed to be used in order with the last, in an overarching narrative adventure - but teachers can choose individual videos to discuss specific concepts in class as he or she chooses! The modular nature of the program gives the teacher some flexibility on use of the program - our index page will allow you to select the video most appropriate to the core content you are trying to teach.

When combined with companion rock/mineral/fossil kits QR scan codes, the program becomes much richer. Actual rock specimens can be linked to the program through the downloadable (or orderable) QR scan code stickers that will allow students to smell, taste and touch them where they appear! Each lesson also contains an experiment or demonstration with online instructions on how to duplicate the experiment in the classroom.

We hope you enjoy using EveryDay Earth and its content in your classrooms in any way you see fit! Please take a moment and visit our Sponsor page to learn about the sponsors and producers of this nonprofit program.

- Dr. Devin P. Dennie - Science Communicator, Author, Geologist and Co-Creator of the EveryDay Earth

 

How do I use EveryDay Earth with NGSS or Oklahoma Science Standards and Requirements?

EveryDay Earth was designed to cover content which connects to National and Oklahoma State Science Standards around Earth and Space Sciences (ESS). 

This matrix contains mapping of ESS standards and how they appear in the program. Green Boxes indicate sections which cover primary learning goals for that grade and standard. Yellow are somewhat additive, and red are to be used supplemental only. Grey boxes may indicate material is not provided. 

Locate your grade and the standards you are required to teach to, then select the appropriate Mission, Lesson and even Sub-Lesson which focuses on that topic or related topics!

Please visit our Standards Alignment page to learn more.

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Examples of Ways to Use EveryDay Earth in your Classroom

Please watch the video below to learn more about how EveryDay Earth can be used in the classroom, or stand-alone by individual learners.

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