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This activity creates a mini globe that shows the major plate boundaries of the world. It provides each student with his or her own physical model of the Earth's plates and helps teach how hard it is to accurately portray a sphere (three-dimensional) on a flat map (two-dimensional). Students will...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity has students make a fault like out of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The sandwich is sliced at an angle, letting the instructor demonstrate the three types of fault lines: normal, thrust, and strike-slip. The layers of the sandwich represent offset layers of the earth's crust.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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Rocks are generally deposited horizontally. After one rock layer has been deposited, another is laid down on top of it. Thus, the rocks on the bottom of the stack are the oldest, and the rocks on the top are the youngest. Once the rocks have been deposited they sometimes get moved around. They can...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Published in 1997
"This report illustrates how crinoids lived and became fossilized. By studying animations and the paper model, students will better understand the flower-like animal that is referred to as a """"sea-lily"""" and its ocean-floor environment. Included are templates for making the paper model,...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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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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An earthquake causes different types of energy to radiate from the epicenter. The P and S waves are the first two to arrive at any specific point. P and S waves have different motions and shake the earth differently as they travel through it. In this activity, students demonstrate the motions of S...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity has students making a topographic model out of salad trays. Students copy maps onto the trays and add different topographic features. When put together, the trays show a complete topographic map.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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Targeted for students in grades 6-8, this activity from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program provides a brief overview of what earthquakes are, what causes them and where they occur, why the Earth shakes, and how earthquakes are recorded, measured, and located. The material includes vocabulary,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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 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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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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This site contains lessons and teacher information for the Map Adventures activity. Map Adventures, with seven accompanying lessons, is appropriate for grades K-3. Students will learn basic concepts for visualizing objects from different perspectives and how to understand /and use maps.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3
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Published in 2007
There are many different maps of the same place, and not all information about a place can be put on the same map. For maps to communicate, they focus on showing a limited number of things. This activity teaches students what all maps can tell us. It also teaches students how to read a topographic...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Did You Feel It? (DYFI) collects information from people who felt an earthquake and creates maps that show what people experience ad the extent of the damage.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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