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EarthComm® was developed by the American Geosciences Institute and funded through the National Science Foundation. EarthComm® relies on the research in pedagogy and learning theory as well as the strict criteria and standards of the NSF development process. The curriculum has undergone an iterative process of writing, classroom testing, and evaluation as well as review by expert panels at each stage of the process.

EVIDENCE-SUPPORTED REASONING

Students actively engage in science and engineering practices to deepen their understanding of core ideas. Students work together to define problems, conduct investigations, make models, use computational thinking, write explanations, and discuss and present findings.​ 

 

TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED EXPERIENCES

The EarthComm® website provides Learning Through Technology investigations, referenced in numerous sections of the student edition, as well as access to real-time data, additional videos, animations, and resources from non-profit, educational institutions and federal agencies. 

TOTAL SUPPORT FOR EDUCATORS

We are committed to providing comprehensive support services for districts implementing EarthComm ®. Our highly experienced implementation specialists will lead workshops to get you started and follow-up sessions that provide additional content and pedagogical support, as well as online and onsite mentoring.

Introduction

EarthComm® is a comprehensive, project-based, secondary level Earth and space sciences program, developed by the American Geosciences Institute and funded by the National Science Foundation. EarthComm® relies on the research in pedagogy and learning theory as well as the strict criteria and standards of the NSF development process.

The Third Edition of EarthComm® fully supports the vision of three-dimensional learning that is promoted in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by integrating science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts throughout sections and across chapters. 

Each section of EarthComm helps students develop proficiency in targeted learning outcomes as they engage with phenomena that are relevant to them and their community.

EarthComm® includes investigations that provide opportunities to develop and apply specific elements of one or more science and engineering practices. Students use these practices to explore core ideas and enhance their understanding of crosscutting concepts while making sense of phenomena. In the Third Edition, the relationship between EarthComm’s investigation-based design and the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards has been enhanced and made explicit to support students and teachers.

EarthComm®  maintains the 7E instructional model as the basis for classroom instruction.

The steps (phases) of the 7E model are: elicit, engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate, and extend. The 7E model extends the 5E model by including an elicit phase to emphasize the importance of eliciting prior understanding as well as an extend phase to stress the importance of “transfer of learning” within the context of the Chapter Challenges (projects). The 7E instructional model is integrated into each section of EarthComm and serves as the organizer for linking the three-dimensional performance expectations to classroom instruction.

EarthComm addresses the NGSS Disciplinary Core and Component Ideas in Earth and Space Sciences in cohesive Storylines. 

The major themes of each of EarthComm’s eight chapters address all the disciplinary core and component ideas in the Earth and Space Sciences sections of NGSS. Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science are meaningfully developed within the context of the Chapter Challenges (projects). Comprehensive, detailed Storylines for each section of each chapter are available in the Teacher’s Edition of EarthComm.