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This activity introduces students to the concept of sorting materials in different mediums and the sedimentary feature called graded bedding. Students will discover that water is a good medium to separate and sort particles, and that particles behave differently in water than in air.
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Are geothermal power sources actually renewable? This activity has students building a geothermal power source and answering questions on renew-ability. Students will see different ways geothermal power is extracted, model forms of this power using a density can filled with hot gravel, and be able...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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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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Because the formation of soil involves the interaction of numerous physical, chemical, and biological processes, the study of soil provides an unmatched opportunity to illustrate connections between science and a systems approach to understanding earth processes. Soil, as the basis for agriculture,...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students will use a chemical reaction to test for the presence of carbonate in calcite and limestone. By dropping a small amount of an acid on these specimens, they will observe bubbles of carbon dioxide forming from the reaction of the acid with carbonate minerals.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students use sugar cubes to demonstrate how karstic scenery forms. This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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While the 'Principle of superposition of strata' states that younger rocks are found above older ones, there are certain unusual geological conditions causing older rocks to be found on top of younger ones. Through this activity, pupils can model the unusual geological conditions where the...
Grade Level   10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This PDF has three useful worksheets for students on characteristics of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Download an English pdf version of a rock chart.
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Students will determine that some minerals, rocks, and other materials are naturally magnetic.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Wish you could take more field trips? You can! Your own schoolyard is filled with great geologic features! This website is filled with activities and examples of what to look for to turn your schoolyard into a rich geologic experience.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Chapter 4 focuses on rocks and minerals, and looking at types of rocks. Lessons included in this chapter: rocks, minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Have you ever looked at a stone wall and wondered where the different rocks came from and what story they may tell? In the field, select a stone wall to look at with your students. Close observations will probably lead to numerous questions, many of which can be answered by logical thinking...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students have the opportunity to take a core sample of their local soil. Using PVC piping, a section of soil is pulled up, allowing students to observe the soil's different layers. Those layers are then separated and identified. The identification process helps students understand what elements make...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Soil plays a unique role in our life. Soil helps to maintain air quality, stores water and nutrients for plants, and filters contaminants from surface water. Where there is soil, life flourishes. Determining a soil’s pH is important because many plants will only grow in either alkaline or acidic...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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"In this activity, students will use an accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB) to kinesthetically explore the physical """"meaning"""" of three component seismic data by replicating a seismogram by moving the accelerometer. Students have a chance to identify S and P waves and describe the paths each...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has physical dimensions unlike most oceangoing vessels. Why? So that scientists can sail nearly anywhere in the world to drill for samples of rocks and sediment from below the seafloor — in hopes of discovering clues about Earth’s history and structure, life in the...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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The JOIDES Resolution is an amazing ship that contains all the equipment necessary to drill into the ocean floor for samples of rock and sediment: a derrick, drill pipe, drilling tools, and drill bits. Once the cylindrical core sample arrives on the rig floor, the drill crew passes the 10 m core to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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