Lessons in the Earth Systems unit are part of a larger unit on Earth and Space Sciences or they can be purchased individually. These lessons include, "Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Water Cycle, Rock Cycle, and Earth History." They support MS-ESS2 (Earth's Systems) of the NGSS.
The handouts and included answer keys work together with videos and links found on the "How About Science?" website at http://www.howaboutscience.com/earth-and-space-science. Students may work independently if everyone has an internet connected device. If not, the videos can be projected and the handout filled out as a group. Once students complete a handout, you may choose to discuss the answers and play the Kahout! (click the link on the home page to learn more about Kahouts!)
Here are a few things to consider. If students are working individually it is helpful, but not required to have headphones or earbuds. If the sound is kept low even a large class of students can be successful without them. Also, because students find the directions very easy to follow, these are perfect for substitute teachers. And, because the videos are online, students with internet connections at home don't have to be at school to complete an assignment. My classes are typically action packed with labs and activities, but these video-based lessons require careful listening and focus. My classes are never quieter, which is kind of nice on occasion.
Note! I would suggest doing a trial run before purchasing if you plan to have a large class of students working at individual computers. Internet connection speeds vary which may cause videos to load slowly. You might have everyone log on and try my free resource on TpT (or just go to a lesson and choose something) just to be sure you aren't going to have connection issues. If you do, then you can always project the videos and complete the handouts as a group.
The video materials chosen are based on length, clarity, quality and how closely they align with the national standards. The lesson could be added as an introduction or as further exploration and could be completed as one activity or broken into smaller segments. "How About Science?" materials can be incorporated into your existing unit in various ways depending on your style of teaching and the ability level of your students.
For more information about how to get the most out of How About Science?, click the Teacher's Guide in the menu bar on the website.