If the goal is to have students investigate, let them! Please don’t teach those four content sections of the website, don’t even send your students to these pages. They are for you!
If you kind of understand the Earth science on those pages, then you can go outside with confidence,
Because you’ll know enough to link the CURIOSITY of your students to further inquiry about the SCIENCE.
Please… don’t just tell them… indeed, have faith in the K12 science framework. And… if it doesn’t work, let me know… later.
For now… Try this:
“I like how you see patterns of (topography, canyons, vegetation, colors on mountains, etc). If you can see patterns, you can be a scientist.”
And… dear teachers… if you can see patterns outside, you can teach Earth science, and Earth science leads to STEM.
Or Try this:
“I’m curious whether your idea about that canyon has anything to do with water… “
You know better than I what works with your students, but … that’s the plan for this course. Thank your for taking it.