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Have you ever been in an earthquake? What did it feel like? Did you jiggle back and forth? Up and down? Was there a jolt? Or a rolling motion? Come build a house Hansel and Gretel would love to eat, a special table to shake it on, and see how different soil types can amplify shaking. In this science...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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The Pull of the Planets is part of a thematic series of lessons highlighting the Juno mission to Jupiter. It is a traditional hands-on activity that models how gravitational forces can keep planets and asteroids in orbit within the Solar System. Using stretchable fabric help in place with an...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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You use electromagnets every day. There are lots in everyday objects like your computer and doorbell. But what are they? Electromagnets are any metal objects that act as magnets when an electric current moves through it. When an electric current is not moving through it, the object acts like a...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Rocks can be folded into many shapes and can be broken by faulting. These fold and fault structures can be seen in mountain ranges, cliffs and even in small hand specimens. Try using bananas to see how these structures may be formed.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Lunar Phases is an interactive simulation consisting of three scaffolding activities. In Activity One, students are tasked with determining which half of the Earth and Moon is lit as the moon revolves around the Earth. In Activity Two, students are tasked to select the illustration that matched how...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2016
Have you ever worn a black t-shirt outside on a summer's day and felt terribly hot? Or have you ever walked through a parking lot on a summer day and felt relieved when you got to the sidewalk? Both of these scenarios involve something called albedo, which is a measure of how much radiation from the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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The purpose of the paper models is to help undergraduate students visualize a range of 3-D geometries associated with faults. They are intended as a complement to structural geology coursework on faults and to relate to mapwork. The models are easy to build and can be downloaded for free. Includes...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Paper models of crystals and cleavage. PDF, printable.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This website offers middle and high school educators a unique approach to a study of climate change: through the arts. Here, teachers will find a series of clickable illustrations, each relating to a different aspect of climate change. For example, click on Illustration to draw, color, and label...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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By EcoMUVE
EcoMUVE is a curriculum that was developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that uses immersive virtual environments to teach middle school students about ecosystems and casual patterns. EcoMUVE was developed with funding from the Institute of Educational Science (IES), US Department of...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2014
During this activity your students will learn how the discovery of a single old bone lead to the development of one of the world's premier fossil beads (mammoth site). your students will also complete an activity in which they will learn that fossils are very delicate and that extreme care must be...
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The Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club is an active organization of rock and mineral enthusiasts. Through field trips, programs, and activities, the Club gives people of all ages an opportunity to learn about and enjoy the magnificent world of rocks and minerals.
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This is a comprehensive Earthquake curriculum covering three self-contained themes intended to be used individually with additional materials or as a complete unit. This unit is a collaborative effort between Deborah Kane, a doctoral geophysics student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Activity where students use problem-based learning to work through a scenario with scientists identifying an unknown mollusc. Problem-based learning is an inquiry technique that involves students working cooperatively in groups solving real-world problems. Students learn how to assess what they...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
artist and scientist Jill Pelto combines art with scientific data to raise awareness about climate change. By enlivening data with illustration, she tells a story about the effects of many climate factors, from ice cap melting to decreasing ability for fish to properly navigate. In this exercise,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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This nation-wide, afterschool science, technology, engineering, and math learning program features games, projects, and hands-on activities that middle level students can use to investigate their local environment. The program also lets them use citizen science to document discoveries, share data,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2012
Trilobites were distinctly related to crabs and lived in the sea from 526 million years ago until they became extinct 250 million years ago. There were many different species and 17-000 types of fossil trilobite have been found, ranging in size from only a few millimeters to more than half a meter...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The hobby of the rockhound has many different aspects. We are collectors of minerals and fossils and craftsmen in many types of lapidary arts. Knowledge, skill, and areas of interest are the rock hound's choice. Some of us are purists, who insist on doing all of our collecting and work in...
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How do scientists zero in on deep sea vents within the world's vast oceans - especially when they are located a mile or more below the surface? Think like a scientist and you'll find out! Climb aboard this virtual expedition along an unknown stretch of the Pacific Ocean's Juan de Fuca Ridge to see...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Students track seasonal changes in sunlight and then investigate othe clues to find ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery -, and discover the reasons for the seasons along the way.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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