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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...
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The people who have shaped our idea of the Earth are pioneers, just as truly as those who struck out in new directions across its surface. This idea may be new to students. Could a person be a pioneer without leaving home? The students will discuss characteristics of pioneers and relate it to being...
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Activity where students represent different historical scientists. Students introduce themselves using the biographical paragraphs in order to show how ideas about the earth and earthquakes have changed through time as recorded in various historical documents.
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"This activity is intended to help students observe how stick-slip movement works. Instructions on how to build a motorized version of the following experiment as well as data produced from this model are available. At the end of the activity, students will be able to answer the questions,...
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During an earthquake, buildings oscillate. If the frequency of this oscillation is close to the natural frequency of the building, resonance may cause severe damage, The BOSS model allows students to observe the phenomenon of resonance. Students will predict how a structure will react to vibrations...
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Geologists take advantage of decay of natural radioactive elements to determine the age of rocks, which can help us understand earth history. One example of this dating method is using volcanic ash layers to help determine the age of ash-bearing horizons in ice cores. Ice cores provide important...
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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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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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