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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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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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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 1994
This report illustrates how two organisms, a trilobite and a nautiloid, became fossils. The report is intended to help students and others visualize the size and shape of a trilobite and a nautiloid, the environment in which they lived, and the circumstances of their fossilization and subsequent...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1997
This report illustrates how dinosaurs may have become extinct as a result of an asteroid impact. Students will better understand the mass extinctions that have been part of the Earth's history. Included are templates for making two paper models, instructions for their assembly, and a discussion of a...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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We know that the dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago. But what about other time markers in geologic history? How do we know what organisms lived in the past? How can we show geologic time? Geologic history is told through research done by scientists of the rock, sediment, and fossil records...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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During this activity your students will learn about the issue of land subsidence, which leads to topographical changes. Subsidence is due to poor backfilling/stabilization practices during the mining of gold. Then your students will complete an activity in which they will use materials like sand and...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Chapter 5 focuses on Prehistoric Earth, geologic time, and early lifeforms on this planet.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Chapter 1 focuses on Plate Tectonics looking at the Earth's layers, Earth's evolution, and plate movement. Lessons included in this chapter: Earth's layers, Pangea to present, How Earth's Plates Move.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The focus of this activity is on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. Students will: construct a model of a volcano; produce...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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This activity book for students ages 5-12 (around grades K-7) from the National Park Service's Junior Paleontologist Program presents facts, photographs, and games alongside more than a dozen activities exploring Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and the changes in environment over time....
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Geologic time can be difficult for people to understand. Our own lives are so short when we compare them to the age of the Earth, that the hundreds of millions of years of geologic time are almost too much to grasp. But for us to understand Earth activities today, we must have at least some basic...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Students will be able to discuss how different magnitudes of earthquakes affect structures differently by simulating how buildings become damaged in an earthquake.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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Published in 2018
Any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment, is called a fossil. In this activity, you will work as a paleontologist -- a scientist who studies fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify fossils. The...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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"Pairs of children model how scientists use craters to determine the ages of lunar surface. One child keeps time while the other creates a painting for the other to interpret. Cotton balls coated in different colors of paint are thrown at paper to simulate asteroids striking the lunar surface over...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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Children model how the Moon’s volcanic period reshaped its earlier features.  The children consider that the broad, shallow impact basins — which had formed earlier while it was a “kid Moon” — contained cracks through which magma seeped up. Children use Rice Krispies Treats® to create a...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Phenomena is only as effective as the unit it is embedded within. The questions that students raise should be directly connected with the core ideas that you want the students to engage with using the science and engineering practices. For example, we all live seeing a volcano model explode -- but...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"This activity opens by asking students to demonstrate how 'hard"""" they think the ground shakes during an earthquake. To quantify their demonstrations of ground shaking, students are introduced to a three-component accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB). Through a teacher lead discussion students...
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"Unraveling time and the Earth's biologic history are arguably geology's most important contributions to humanity. Yet it is very difficult for humans to appreciate time beyond that of one or two generations, much less hundreds, thousands, millions and billions of years. Perhaps we can only hope...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this lesson, students examine seismic evidence to determine a) Earth must have a layered internal structure and, b) estimate the size of Earth’s core. Using an inquiry approach, students are divided into two teams (theoreticians and seismologists) to test the simplest hypothesis for what is...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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