Layered Earth Physical Geography Online Simulation Curriculum 1-Year License

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Grades 5-12. Web-based, interactive physical geography classroom curriculum uses engaging 3-D simulations and visualizations, as well as hands-on activities, to encourage questioning, experimentation, and exploration. Interactive computer exercises and simulations are fully mapped to top physical textbooks and accommodate diverse learning styles. Scientifically accurate visualizations and simulations allow students to make precise observations of real-time volcano and earthquake activity and much more. 26 step-by-step, standards-based lessons meet curriculum needs and provide opportunities to develop key student skills: observation, data collection, analytical thinking, and discovery. Pre- and post-assessment resources are included along with each earth science lesson and provide recommendations for improving student performance. Learning extensions are also provided to connect the earth science lessons to additional topics in math, physics, language arts, social studies, and technology. Correlates to state standards, national standards, Canadian provincial standards, and Next Generation Science Standards, Accomodates up to 35 simultaneous student logins.


  • Exercises are enhanced with Guiding Questions, Key Concepts, and Did You Know tidbits to help illustrate phenomena
  • Cylindrical, gnomic, conic, and Goode homolosine map projections are used to demonstrate the transformation of 3-D surfaces into 2-D surfaces
  • Active and passive sensor data is used to mode a greater degree of information and the tracking of changes on the Earth's surface over time
  • Permanent gases, variable gases, and aerosios data model the distribution and proportion of Earth's atmospheric components
  • Models the ozone hole and its depletion from past to present, and explores the ramifications should the Montreal Protocol fail to limit CFC emissions
  • Outgoing long-wave radiation data is used to indirectly show the amount of radiation absorbed and re-emitted by greenhouse gas and molecules
  • Isobar data is simulated to explore the weight and stability of atmospheric pressure, and how it decreases at higher elevations
  • Geographical grid coordinate system simulates the Earth's axis and lines of latitude and longitude to map the exact location of every point on the surface
  • Topographic maps with contour lines are used to model the elevation of a three-dimensional surface on the Earth as a flat two-dimensional map
  • Atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and geosphere models show Earth's complex structure of interrelated natural systems
  • Animation demonstrates the distribution of precipitable water vapor change over a period of 6 months
  • Variations in temperature through convection, conduction, and radiation are simulated over the land and sea around the globe
  • Albedo data shows the proportion of incoming solar energy that is lost, reflected from snow, ice, etc., on the surface of Earth back into the atmosphere
  • NASA's Terra satellite data demonstrates the relationship between air pressure systems and resulting wind circulation patterns
  • Friction between surface winds and water are modeled to explore the production of large circular current systems - the 5 major ocean gyres
  • Evaporation, condensation, and precipitation dara are used to demonstrate the process by which water moves around the Earth
  • Rising and lowering air pressure data are used to demonstrate the Coriolis effect responsible for the circular cloud pattern
  • Air pressure, temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, and precipitation data are used to demonstrate short- and long-term weather forecasting
  • Explore the average annual number of tornadoes, and an anlysis of a region in the central United States known as Tornado Alley
  • Sea level change animation shows changes in sea surface height between 1993 and 2013 due to thermal expansion of water and melting land ice
  • Crustal and sediment thickness, gamma dose, geological age, minerals production, rock types, seafloor age, soil regions, and wind erosion are all modeled in Layered Earth
  • Ocean current animation showing an overview of perpetual surface ocean currents across the globe
  • Water cycle animations show the continuous movement of water from the Earth's surface, up into the atmosphere, and back down again to the Earth's surface
  • Pressure system animation shows the development of a strong low pressure disturbance over the Great Lakes between October 25-27, 2010
  • Hurricane animation shows the passage of Hurricane Katrina from the Gulf of Mexico to its landfall in Louisiana on August 23, 2005
  • Kppen Classification System is used to demonstrate the basis for dividing all of Earth's many climates into 5 distinct categories
  • Global warming animation shows how temperatures change from 1906 to 2005 and the increase in average global surface temperature by 1.33° F (0.74° C)
  • Interactive rock cycle animation simulates how the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere combine to create 3 major types of rocks
  • USGS earthquake data modeled along plate boundaries demonstrate a link between geography and the location of earthquakes
  • Hot spots, the Ring of Fire, and tectonic plate boundaries are all modeled to show the locations, formations, and types of volcanoes
  • Evidence of continental drift and seafloor spreading are modeled to support the modern theory of plate tectonics
  • Along with desertification, soil orders and descriptions are mapped around the world to explore their dominance, variation, and observable physical characteristics
  • Ice cover (up to 20,000 years ago) and sea level elevation maps demonstrate how water from these melting ice sheets had a significant impact on sea levels
  • Interactive earthquake animations demonstrate the rapid release of energy in strike-slip, normal fault, and reverse fault earthquakes
  • Erupting interactive volcano animations demonstrate the 3 primary types of volcanoes, their composition, and their structure
  • Continental drift, seafloor spreading, and plate boundaries interactive animations simulate an overview of the theory of plate tectonics
  • Biomes and climate zones are modeled to explore the regions with a distinct group of planets and animals that are adapted to that particular environment
  • Applications implement the Google Classroom Share button, making it easy for teachers to reference lessons directly in their assignments
  • Integrates with Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, and other LMSes
  • Includes QuickStart guide, diagrams, maps, grids, charts, assessment activities, scoring rubric, and digital workbook that contains a summary of the lesson and a worksheet to fill out the answers to the review questions

Topics covered include

  • Mapping the Earth
  • The Atmosphere and Circulatory Systems
  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Structure of the Earth
  • The Restless Earth: Internal Processes
  • Landforms and Landscapes
  • The Biosphere


  • Grades 5-12
  • Accommodates 35 simultaneous student logins
  • System Requirements for Web, Chromebook™, iOS, and Android™: Supported on all A-Grade browsers (up-to-date version of Chrome™, Firefox, Safari, Edge), Safari on iPad® iOS 9 or later. iOS requires iPad® and iOS 9.0 or better. Android™ requires tablet and Android 4.0 and up. Browser must support WebGL (test it at ).

Item Weight: 0
Assembly Required: false
Grade: 5 - 12
School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Subject Areas: Earth Science
Age: 10 yrs. - 18 yrs.
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