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Published in 2018
What’s an awe-inspiring natural feature in your state? Maybe it’s a mountain, canyon, waterfall, glacier, cave, volcano, geyser, natural arch, grand vista, or something else. Identify an inspiring landscape near you, and learn about the geoscience behind it. Start with the geologic maps...
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The National Park Service brings you information on geologic time and how we tell the age of the Earth. Learn about fundamental geologic concepts, view a geologic time module, view a video on the Big Ideas in Geoscience, and look at fossils and rocks throughout geologic time.
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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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Demonstrating how seismic shaking depends on local geology.
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Coal produces more than half of the electricity used in the United States, and is our most abundant domestic nonrenewable energy source. The students will comupte the cost of electricity used to light their classroom and their school for one hour through one year, the number of kilowatt ours of...
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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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Make learning the rock cycle easy with these finger movements.
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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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In this activity, visitors can watch as a crystal self-assembles instantly! During this activity visitors learn what crystals are and how they grow. They also discover that self-assembly is an important process for many naturally occurring systems.
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Published in 2016
Though oceans cover more than 70 percent of Earth's surface, less than 5 percent of our oceans have been explored. Research and commercial vessels travel the surface of the ocean regularly, but the deepest parts of the ocean remain largely unseen by humans. The ocean floor in particular is home to...
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Turn your eggs into beautiful alum-crystal geodes instead of frying or scrambling them.
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The Geological Society of London (GSL) provides a variety of lesson plans and links for Earth science classroom activities. Some activities feature are: The Chocolate Rock Cycle, a week's worth of geology lessons (igneous rocks, geologic time, map-making, etc.), grains and depositional environments,...
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With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.
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Published in 2018
This activity has students taking core samples and investigating what they see in the cores during different times of the year.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Students use their hands to demonstrate different elements for folding in rocks.
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Shark teeth are the most commonly preserved fossils from sharks. In this lesson, students will learn how to identify parts of shark teeth and how to measure shark teeth using one of two methods (fitting teeth into circles or using a paper ruler). This is a prerequisite skill for Lesson 2 where...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Students will learn about the components of soils, conduct a soil exploration lab, make a flipbook representing different types of soils and soil horizons, and analyze data in spreadsheets to learn about different species of bacteria in the dandelion microbiome.
Grade Level   6 7
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This activity can be carried out using any exposed surface of rocks, including natural and artificial rock exposures, but also building stones, monuments or gravestones. Manufactured materials such as bricks, tiles, and concrete also show the effects of weathering. This series of Earthlearningideas...
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The Moon is made of cheese... no! Rice Krispies treats! Children ages 8 to 13 discover that the Moon, like Earth, is made up of layers of different materials through this 45-minute activity. They work in teams to make models of the interiors of the Moon and Earth. Common food items are used to...
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An EarthCache is a special site that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCache sites can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the...
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