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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity introduces students to the concept of sorting materials in different mediums and the sedimentary feature called graded bedding. Students will discover that water is a good medium to separate and sort particles, and that particles behave differently in water than in air.
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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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,...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2015
This PDF booklet has fun word searches, mazes, and coloring pages designed to help teach your students about soils.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3
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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...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2004
"In this activity, students take a """"crayon rock"""" through different parts of the rock cycle. Students first create """"sediments"""" by shaving crayons to create a pile of bits and pieces (sediments)). Next, students apply pressure to the """"sediments"""" causing them to stick together. This...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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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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This PDF has three useful worksheets for students on characteristics of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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 1991
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing a set of four, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate the development of island coral. The first model is of a shield volcano that extends above sea level, making a volcanic island. The second is of the original shield volcano and...
Grade Level   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...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1998
This report illustrates why sand dunes can develop different forms. Students will better understand the evolution of sand dunes. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for their assembly, and a discussion of development of different forms of sand dunes.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1997
This report illustrates why caves develop in limestone. Students will better understand the evolution of Karst topography. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for its assembly, and a discussion of development of Karst topography.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1993
This report illustrates how four different types of landslides (slide, slump, flow, and rock fall) occur and what type of damage may result. The report is intended to help students and others visualize what causes landslides and some of the possible results of the landslides. Students will come to...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"We seldom stop to consider the true scale of many features of the Earth. This activity aims to enable students to visualize the thickness if the crust in relation to the rest of the Earth. It also helps them to appreciate the difference in depth between the oceanic crust and the continental crust....
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Find an excellent tool for cryosphere (ice) work. Take a look at the bullet feature list at the bottom of the page: Using this tool, you can track the upcoming 2017 Arctic maximum sea ice extent value with students, especially as this value may, again, be a record breaker.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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