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Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 1 and 2
The Planet Earth and Beyond strand is about the interconnecting systems and processes of the Earth, the other parts of the solar system, and the universe beyond. Students learn that Earth’s subsystems of geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life) are interdependent and that all are important. They come to appreciate that humans can affect this interdependence in both positive and negative ways.
Students also learn that Earth provides all the resources required to sustain life except energy from the Sun, and that, as humans, we act as guardians of these finite resources. This means knowing and understanding the numerous interactions of Earth’s four systems with the solar system. Students can then confront the issues facing our planet and make informed decisions about the protection and wise use of Earth’s resources.
PE&B1/2-1: Explore and describe natural features and resources.
PE&B1/2-2: Describe how natural features are changed and resources affected by natural events and human actions.
PE&B1/2-3: Share ideas and observations about the Sun and the Moon and their physical effects on the heat and light available to Earth.
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