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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...
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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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Carry out a laboratory demonstration of the first stages in the chemical weathering of limestone. Quarter-fill a small glass beaker or a boiling tube, with some water of neutral pH and add some Universal indicator. Ask what will happen if a pupil blows steadily into the water through a straw (it...
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This PDF has three useful worksheets for students on characteristics of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks.
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By GeoBlox
An oasis forms when precipitation falling in the recharge zone seeps into the ground where porous and permeable rocks are found at the surface. This groundwater may travel many miles through the aquifer and resurface where the porous layer is exposed. When this occurs in a desert region an oasis may...
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By GeoBlox
Jones Spring is located in the bed of the intermittent stream Walnut Creek. Walnut Creek is also a disappearing stream. Water flows down along the Hensell Sand Member in the bed of Walnut Creek until it reaches the contact with the Cow Creek Limestone. This limestone is a coquina that formed from...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson about the processes and products of the sedimentary rock cycle.
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Using a stress ball, needle and thread, and a small magnet, students can craft their own magnetic Earth.
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Earthquakes create seismic waves that travel through the Earth. By analyzing these seismic waves, seismologists can explore the Earth's deep interior.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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Students will determine that some minerals, rocks, and other materials are naturally magnetic.
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Sandy soils allow water through easily and clay soils do not. Garderners usually prefer loam soils. For a farmer or gardener, it is important to know the soil type so that it can be managed properly and crop production increased. This activity can be used in any lesson about the environment, rocks...
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Make learning the rock cycle easy with these finger movements.
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Using the view of the local area, students use the local landscape features as evidence for underlying geology.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Which type of classroom eruption best hsows how volcanoes erupt? Students will be evaluating different types of classroom eruptions to gauge which best shows how eruptions are triggered.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Middle School Geology Task asks students to evaluate rock layers and make evidence-based claims about their formation.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Learn all about soil composition -- from the big picture breakdown (water, air, mineral, and organic matter) to the main soil groups (sand, silt and clay) and the six soil types and their characteristics. Discover the differences in soil type through touch and feel, and by checking the component...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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,...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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