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DLESE Earth Science Literacy Maps

DLESE Earth Science Literacy Maps are a tool for teachers and students to find resources that relate to specific Earth science concepts. These maps illustrate connections between concepts and how they build upon one another across grade levels. Clicking on a concept within the maps will show DLESE resources related to the concept, as well as information about related AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks and National Science Education Standards.

Choose a map by clicking on a topic below:

Changes in the Earth's Surface

Changes in the Earth's Surface
» earthquakes and volcanoes
» rates of change
» weathering and erosion
» rocks and sediments
 

Evidence and Reasoning in Inquiry

Evidence and Reasoning in Inquiry
» lines of reasoning
» observations and evidence
 

Flow of Energy in Ecosystems

Flow of Energy in Ecosystems
» energy in living things
» plants making food
» food web
 

Flow of Matter in Ecosystems

Flow of Matter in Ecosystems
» plants making food
» food web
» matter cycles
 

Galaxies and the Universe

Galaxies and the Universe
» telescopes
» light
» galaxies
 

Gravity

Gravity
» relative motion
» observations of the sky
» the earth's gravity
» forces and motion
 

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics
» the earth's interior
» evidence of plates
» earthquakes and volcanoes
 

Scientific Investigations

Scientific Investigations
» control and conditions
» reliability of results
» record-keeping
» kinds of investigations
 

Solar System

Solar System
» relative motion
» phases of the moon
» observations of the sky
» the planets
» telescopes
 

States of Matter

States of Matter
» emergent properties
» heat energy
» changes of state
 

Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate
» temperature and winds
» water cycle
» atmosphere
» climate change
 

Acknowledgements

The DLESE Earth Science Literacy Maps interface was created by Digital Learning Sciences and NCAR Library using the NSDL Strand Map Service (SMS). The NSDL Strand Map Service (SMS) was produced by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Digital Learning Sciences under NSF grants 0734889, 0226286 and is based on the strand maps developed by Project 2061 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and published in the Atlas of Science Literacy, Volumes 1 and 2 (2001 and 2007, AAAS Project 2061 and the National Science Teachers Association).

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