Lesson 1: Physical Processes
Learning Targets and Language Objectives
What conclusions can you draw from the image of the Gulf of Mexico taken by the astronauts?
Access the photo of the Houston area from space.
As you view this image of Houston from space, discuss with a partner the various physical and human characteristics that are present in the photo.
Now access the photo of Houston at night.
Discuss your interpretations of the photo and text with your partner.
Next, from the NASA Earth From Space website, select, from the "clickable map" list, at least two other images from one or more categories of interest.
Together with your partner discuss and list the images you found and two conclusions you draw from those images.
Download and save the WGS_Spheres of the Earth_Unit 2 handout to use a reference as we discuss the major earth spheres.
Download and save the WGS_Notes on Physical Processes_Unit 2 document to your WGS folder.
As we discuss this resource use the pdf tools to highlight or take additional notes to increase your understanding of these natural forces.
Use your notes, handouts, and/or the online National Geographic Glossary to create a foldable vocabulary reference for the terms: atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, tectonic forces, weathering, erosion, and soil formation.
Working with your regional group members, complete the graphic organizer/chart on the WGS_Effects of Physical Processes on Landforms_Unit 2 to help understand the cause/effect relationship between physical processes and physical environment of a region.
Use Stratalogica and the NASA Earth From Space website to access aerial photos of key land and water forms in your region.
Go to the Effects of Physical Processes on Landforms- Assignment to submit your completed WGS_Effects of Physical Processes on Landforms_Unit 2 graphic organizer
Your completed Processes Vocabulary is due to me for a grade on ____
Revisit the Learning Targets and complete the post-assessment, citing evidence in the last column.