Earth Science Education Activities

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Purdue University (PU)
Summary:"Lesson plans for teaching about seismology and other Earth science topics. Includes descriptions of demonstrations, experiments and activities for teachers and students. The lessons are designed primarily for teachers of grades 5-12 but can be adapted to introductory college level Earth science teaching. Lesson plans can be displayed on the screen or printed (in color) from a PDF version. Topics include: seismic waves, plate tectonics, mantle convection, Earth's interior, plate boundaries, seismometers, the AS-1 seismograph, earthquake magnitude, and earthquake location. Also included is a PDF version of Seismology - Resources for Teachers and an """"essay"""" on science education in the US."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.B; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-3; HS-ESS2-4; HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-3; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; earth; earthquake; geography; geology; geoscience; high school; lesson; middle school; plate tectonics; seismology
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