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This unit is designed to introduce students to watersheds, computer mapping tools (Google Earth), and ocean currents through a discussion of ocean and water borne pollution. The unit is designed around a 9th grade Earth Science class, and run over three 80 minute class periods. The first lesson...
Grade Level   9
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This is a 3-4 day unit on the vertical structure of the ocean that gives students the opportunity to work with actual data, learn about the global circulation, and learn about some of the smaller scale features that stir and mix the ocean. The unit consists of four lessons and concluded with a short...
Grade Level   9
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This week long lesson uses a three dimensional model to help teach the Earth's layers, longitude/latitude, and plate tectonics. The activity allows students to build a scaled 3D model of the Earth, which they use and interact with to complete activity sheets. The model is constructed using basic...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9
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The Core Lab is an approximately 10-day activity to introduce the idea that we can use sediment cored as recorders of the history of Earth's climate and chemistry. In particular, we focus on sediment cores from the deep sea, since this represents the best archive for scientists studying Earth's...
Grade Level   11 12
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This is a comprehensive Earthquake curriculum covering three self-contained themes intended to be used individually with additional materials or as a complete unit. This unit is a collaborative effort between Deborah Kane, a doctoral geophysics student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This is a 4-5 day unit on the physics of waves and encounters in the marine environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with actual data, learn about different types of waves, and understand how waves are used in the ocean to learn about the environment. The unit consists of three...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students are introduced to the two main types of volcanoes, stratovolcanos and shield volcanoes, including how volcanoes form and explain their basic structure and composition. The goal throughout the entire unit is to provide students with a foundation of information about the different types of...
Grade Level   9
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This unit consists of 5 lessons and should take about 2 weeks to complete. It is intended for a senior (grade 11-12) marine science class. The lessons focus on how sediments are related to their source, how sediments are deposited, and how humans interact with them -, utilizing them for their...
Grade Level   11 12
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Understanding connections between spheres of the Earth as a Global System. In this lesson plan students will also recognize how a system functions. Students will be able to recognize that out planet contains four spheres, namely the hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere (geosphere) and biosphere.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"This 2-week lesson plan uses a variety of activities to provide an engaging unit on the Solid Earth -, from an overview of the layers, to details of crustal processes, especially plate tectonics. Activities included are (1) a lab on density and differentiation, (2) an activity on understanding the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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