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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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A few very special walls help us remember the past. LeVar visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to find out about monuments. Maya Lin, the young architect who designed the Memorial, describes her vision and the process of creating this special place. Other momuments explored include Mount Rushmore -,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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Squishy fun is jumping in the mud and creating figures from clay. LeVar discovers how artists worked with clay animation to bring this feature book to life. He finds out how the characters and the puddle are sculpted and painted, and helps with the painstaking process of filming the action frame by...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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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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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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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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Make learning the rock cycle easy with these finger movements.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Welcome to Kids Love Rocks, a rock and mineral website for kids. This educational site is a resource for young rock and mineral collectors, teachers, and hobbyists. Learn about rocks, minerals, and everything related to the earth.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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Get your sparkle on at Gemological Institute of America (GIA)'s website to gemology and geology education. Targeted for elementary and middle school level students and teachers, the website offers sections such as Gem Explorer, Story of a Gem, and Gem Glossary. Gem Explorer presents information...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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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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"This discussion activity has been devised to encourage pupils to think about rock cycle processes in the context of the area outside their own school. By leading the small group discussion using questions like """"What might happen next?"""", """"And then?"""", or """"Can you think of another...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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Earth scientists play a vital role in harvesting the energy resources on which we all rely. When preparing to drill for oil, for example, geoscientists must assess many aspects of a rock stratum (layer). For example, they must figure out the volume of the rock's pores, or empty spaces, as compared...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth's landscape.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10
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The study of rocks is called petrology. Rocks may have fossils in them, and they are made up of minerals, but petrologists like looking at the rocks themselves. Just click on one of the link to find out more about rocks and the rock cycle.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5
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Minerals are among the most beautiful objects in nature, and they are used to make objects you use every day of your life , including the computer you are looking at right now! Read on to discover more about them. Just click on one of the links to find out more.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5
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For nearly five billion years, the Earth's surface has been constantly built up and broken down by processes taking place above and below the Earth's surface, resulting in the wide range of beautiful and complex landscapes we see today. In this unit, students will continue to make connections...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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