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Explore mountain ranges and why they become so big.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity is designed to give you practice using a geologic map to assess the likelihood and location of a particular natural hazard — earthquakes — in California.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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In this lesson, students use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) together with the tools and data from the North America Global GIS CD to investigate earthquakes, volcanoes, and population from a local to global scale. The lessons can be used with other data in the Global GIS project to investigate...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2014
Explore volcanoes as windows into the Earth's melted interior. Meet Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, a geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Understand how you are connected to the interior of the Earth through cycling of gases and other materials. Uncover the evidence about geologic events...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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185
Published in 2006
Using this Lesson Plan, students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth's tilted axis.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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186
Published in 2008
In this Nature lesson, students will learn about different types of volcanoes, how and why they erupt and the physical impact of volcanic eruptions.
Grade Level   9 10 11
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187
Few phenomena in nature still up interest as much as a solar or lunar eclipse. In history, we have learned much about the Sun, Moon, nad Earth from careful observation of them. In this activity, you will look at how eclipses have enriched our knowledge as well as thrilled our senses.
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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188
Published in 2010
In this activity, students will review and discuss weathering, erosion and mass wasting, to gain a stronger understanding of how Hickory Run's Boulder Field was formed after the Laurentide Continental Glacier receded. Using edible materials, students will model and demonstrate the geological...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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189
The Earth is very much alive, even its rocks shift and change. Practice geology vocabulary with this challenging crossword puzzle. But there's a twist--you must first match up each word with its definition to find out where it goes in the puzzle. Your student can brush up on his/her earth science...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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190
Published in 2017
This hands-on, guided-inquiry activity helps students to understand the geometry of lunar and solar eclipses by creating a physical, proportional model of the Earth and Moon system and observing shadows.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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191
Published in 2015
In this activity from Lawrence Hall of Science, you'll use hot and cold water to see how fluids at different temperatures move around in convection currents.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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192
Published in 2015
In this activity from Lawrence Hall of Science, you'll use photosensitive paper to record how the sun moves across the sky.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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193
Published in 2015
In this activity from Lawrence Hall of Science, you'll use binoculars to identify and track sunspots. You'll need a bright sunny day to complete this activity.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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194
We are all told that the Earth turns and we accept that. But an actual demonstration of how scientists proved this can have lasting impact on the acceptance of this authoritative statement and also on how students judge other authoritative statements for themselves, scientific or otherwise....
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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In this activity, students will build a spectrometer using basic materials to observe the light emitted and absorbed by several sources. This will be used as a model for how NASA uses spectroscopy to determine the nature of elements found on Earth and other planets. For higher grades, this activity...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11
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196
Explore how the changing position of the Sun causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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197
In this activity you can compare your local soil with that of classmates and with a description of the soil found on Mars.
Grade Level   5 6
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198
There is water all over Earth in different forms. By far, most of the planet's water is in the oceans, but it is in other places as well. Sometimes water is a liquid, sometimes it is a solid, and sometimes it is a gas. These changes in the states of matter are the result of the water either gaining...
Grade Level   5 6
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Earth's temperature is set, in part, by a balance between incoming radiation energy from the Sun and outgoing radiation energy into space. If more energy comes in than leaves, Earth's temperature will rise, and vice versa. The atmosphere plays a big role in this balance. In this activity, you will...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The greenhouse effect is the name scientists use to describe how heat accumulates in Earth's atmosphere. A majority of the energy from the Sun arrives at Earth as visible radiation. This energy passes through our atmosphere and warms Earth's surface. The warmed surface re-emits invisible infrared...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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