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Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe...
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Published in 2015
We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this lesson, students will use IndianaMap to create geographic information systems (GIS) maps to demonstrate the amount of general seismic risk that exists for urban areas within the state of Indiana. Step-by-step directions and tutorial videos will provide students with the necessary resources...
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Climate change is a major global issue of our time. Understanding the essential principles of climate science will enable students to better assess information and to contribute to what will be ongoing climate discussions as informed citizens. Students observe and contrast thermal properties of...
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Because the formation of soil involves the interaction of numerous physical, chemical, and biological processes, the study of soil provides an unmatched opportunity to illustrate connections between science and a systems approach to understanding earth processes. Soil, as the basis for agriculture,...
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Next time you teach plate tectonics, consider a Draw With Me presentation that will engage your students and help them understand the spatial and movement aspects of plate boundary environment. This website provides illustrations that students can color to help them better learn about plate...
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This is a demonstration of the affects on a continental land mass of an ice sheet growing and then melting. Students can relate their models to the changing state of balance in the Earth's lithosphere when additional loading, such as an ice sheet, is added or removed.
Grade Level   11 12
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Students will use a chemical reaction to test for the presence of carbonate in calcite and limestone. By dropping a small amount of an acid on these specimens, they will observe bubbles of carbon dioxide forming from the reaction of the acid with carbonate minerals.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Potholes like the ones featured in this activity may have been formed by the grinding action of pebbles being swirled round by the fast-moving water. We can re-create these conditions by swirling pebbles in a bucket of water, using a spade.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity can be used as one means of explaining isostasy, in the context of the Earth's structure and its surface relief. Students will model the principle of isostasy with wooden blocks.
Grade Level   11 12
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In this lesson, students will create three-dimensional (3-D) blocks out of paper to learn about the types of faulting that occur at the Earth’s surface and its interior, and explain how earthquakes are generated by fault movement. Step-by-step directions will provide students with the necessary...
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 Moving model of the slump block of a landslide. Cutout and assemble. One page, PDF
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"A Downloadable and printable paper model of the Earth. This """"tennis ball globe"""" shows continents and tectonic plate lines."
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Published in 1990
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing seven, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate common earth faults and associated landforms. The faults described are: normal, reverse, right- and left-lateral strike-slip, and oblique-slip. There are also models and discussions of...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this kinesthetic acticity, students model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines.
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This activity allows students to construct a small-scale model of liquefaction, a hazard associated with strong-magnitude earthquakes. The sand, water, and ping pong ball(s) represent the composites of soil: sediment, water, and air, respectively. The shaking, representative of seismic waves, will...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity is designed to show stdents the relationship between ocean tides and the lunar movements. It uses the tide data for Boston Harbor to show these relationships, but data from other sites can also be used.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1993
This report contains instructions and two patterns for making a terrestrial globe and a tectonic globe. The pattern or map projection is designed to be glued onto a used tennis ball. The terrestrial globe is intended to help visualize the location of the continents and oceans. The purpose of the...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1991
This report contains instructions and a pattern for making a 3-D paper model of a volcano. This model is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model,...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1998
This report illustrates why there are changes on the ice sheet that covers the Antarctica continent. Students will better understand the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for assembly, and a discussion of development of the Antarctic...
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