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"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...
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The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently investigating the diversity within the deepwater habitats of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. On this expedition, scientists are closely examining hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, subduction zones, seamounts, and the variety of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Rocks can be folded into many shapes and can be broken by faulting. These fold and fault structures can be seen in mountain ranges, cliffs and even in small hand specimens. Try using bananas to see how these structures may be formed.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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World Ocean Observatory is the leading organization advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean through an accessible worldwide network of communication. Through education, partnership, information exchange, public connection, and relentless communications, W2O is committed to building...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students will explore samples of sand from different localities without magnification, and then examine the same sands at different magnification scales. They will also make and record observations describing what the enhanced details of the magnified images reveal about the composition, texture,...
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Earthquakes, a scientific and physical phenomenon, affect our lives in many ways. In this project, students use Real-Time earthquake and volcano data from the Internet to explore the relationship between earthquakes, plate tectonics, and volcanoes. Students will use real-time data to solve a...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Earthquakes are exciting and dangerous, and many Earth scientists try to determine the risks they pose to people. In fact, earthquakes are one of the most costly natural hazards faced by the Untied States, posing a significant risk to 75 million Americans in 39 States. Earthquakes occur every day....
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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Tectonics is a series of geospatial investigations designed to augment existing middle school Earth science curriculum. Students use Web GIS to investigate important tectonics concepts. The investigations include scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas from the National research...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this activity, students will investigate the complexities of snowpack formation by creating a model. This model simulates only a few of the variables that scientists consider when predicting avalanches.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this investigation, participants will understand that S and P waves are used to find the epicenter of an earthquake by using seismograph data to triangulate an epicenter. Earthquakes occur every day all over the United States and all over the world. Most of these earthquakes are small tremors...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Basic geometric forms such as cubes, octahedra, rhombohedra, and tetrahedra may be made by folding flat paper or envelopes, both reasonably priced starting materials. These may be used to help visualize solid forms in crystallography and mineralogy and numbers of them may be used to create unit...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students take samples from two different geological layers and sieve for clast size mass data. They will also make sketches of some of the clasts and describe the rounded versus angular aspects in each of the formations. Students then prepare a histogram showing the percentages of clast size mass...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Soils come from rocks and other things that reflect local conditions. Soil is essential for life. In this investigation, students will be able to identify soil properties that can be related to original bedrock, climate and vegetation. At the same time, they will learn about practical issues related...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6
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This activity has students making a topographic model out of salad trays. Students copy maps onto the trays and add different topographic features. When put together, the trays show a complete topographic map.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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The goal of this Teaching Box is to teach students about how and why earthquakes cause damage. Living in Earthquake Country explores seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and intensity,...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This is the first of three lessons thta have been developed to teach students about Earth's water cycle, the importance of freshwater resources, and how NASA studies water in Earth's systems.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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A system is a group of related features or objects that are organized in some way. Different parts of a system interact with each other. This causes a system to function in some way as a whole. Every system has a driving force that makes it work. In any system, there can be a large number of parts...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6
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"""""""""Informational text"""""""" provides factual information about the world to readers. Being able to understand these texts is an important skill for college and career readiness. As well, many readers find informational text highly motivating, since the topics that are covered may be of great...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This site gives substantial information on Earth System Science (ESS). It's best for teachers who need background information. It also gives links to other sites and sources (such as a Solar System Calculator and Sun Path Activity).
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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