Information for Teachers
This investigation is linked to the following Grade 5 Next Generation Science Standards.
ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
Earth’s major systems are the geosphere (solid and molten rock, soil, and sediments), the hydrosphere (water and ice), the atmosphere (air), and the biosphere (living things, including humans). These systems interact in multiple ways to affect Earth’s surface materials and processes. The ocean supports a variety of ecosystems and organisms, shapes landforms, and influences climate. Winds and clouds in the atmosphere interact with the landforms to determine patterns of weather. (5-ESS2-1)
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space. But individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth’s resources and environments. (5-ESS3-1)
How to search the internet
1 Keep your request short
Fewer words will give a more accurate search.
2 Choose exactly what you want
For example: Arctic Circle Climate
3 Use quotes
Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”
4 Use the plus sign (+)
If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal
5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want
Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search, –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.
6 Be very clear about what you don’t want
Ask questions and define problems
After reading Powerful Ideas: John Muir, you may have many questions about John Muir and the importance of his conservation ideas and work.
List your questions
- Compare your list with questions that others have.
- Choose a question you would like to investigate.
- You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.
You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate
Q1. How were Muir’s early conservation ideas formed?
Q2. What did he recognize as key environmental problems?
Q3. What technologies did he use to communicate powerful scientific ideas?
Q4. How did people work together to influence others to preserve natural wonders?
Q5. What is Muir’s legacy in preserving precious natural places in the United States?Go to Part 2 Investigate →
You may want to use websites to help with your investigations.
You can search by:
You may want to learn more about how John Muir gathered his information about the natural world. You can do a search by using words, e.g. John Muir+glaciers, John Muir+YosemiteGo to Part 3 Record data →
Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.
Data Chart for Powerful Ideas: John Muir
(Download and change to suit your information)
Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →
Organize, analyze, and interpret data
1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.
Why was John Muir’s conservation work important?
How did he try to convince others about his ideas?
2. Search for other patterns.
Why did people and groups engage with his conservation ideas?
3. Makes notes about what you find.Go to Part 5 Present and share →
Present and share
Look over all of the information that you have gathered in your investigation.
Make a chart showing the most important ideas.Download Chart
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