Deep-Sea Drilling

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Deep Earth Academy; Earth Science Week (ESW)
Summary:The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has physical dimensions unlike most oceangoing vessels. Why? So that scientists can sail nearly anywhere in the world to drill for samples of rocks and sediment from below the seafloor — in hopes of discovering clues about Earth’s history and structure, life in the deep biosphere, past climate change, earthquakes, and natural resources. This activity enables students to estimate and calculate scales of distance and length as used by ocean drilling scientists. Correlated standards include National Science Education Standard E in Earth and Space Science and the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics Standard that students understand and use ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B; ESS2.A; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS2-1; MS-ESS1-4; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-3; MS-ESS3-1
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; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; earth science week; geology; middle school; oceans; rocks
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