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Tectonics is a series of geospatial investigations designed to augment existing middle school Earth science curriculum. Students use Web GIS to investigate important tectonics concepts. The investigations include scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas from the National research...
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In this activity, students will investigate the complexities of snowpack formation by creating a model. This model simulates only a few of the variables that scientists consider when predicting avalanches.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Maps on Vermont's geology; Location: Montpelier, VT
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Maps on Hawaii's water and geology; Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2015
Tens of millions of years ago, plate tectonics set North and South America on an unavoidable collision course that would change the face of the Earth and spell life or death for thousands of species. Juan D. Carrillo explains the massive biological repercussions of this collision, which caused one...
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By TED-Ed
Water covers over 70% of the Earth, cycling from the oceans and rivers to the clouds and back again. It even makes up about 60% of our bodies. But in the rest of the solar system, liquid water is almost impossible to find. So how did our planet end up with so much of this substance? And where did it...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1995
Bill Nye talks about rocks and soils. Season 3 Episode 4.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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Published in 1998
Bill Nye talks about erosion. Season 5 Episode 14.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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"NOVA's magnificent """"Making North America"""" video series is broken into shorter clips. Learn about the geological history of North America in this video from NOVA Digital. Google Earth flyovers and visualizations illustrate how particular locations, landscapes, and life forms have changed over...
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By XKCD
This small infographic shows the thickness of see ice up against famous city skylines. Notice how much bigger the ice sheets are than the cities!
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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By foleor
This timelapse shows a meandering river and oxbow lake through a 28-year period.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2010
You depend on rocks for many things, so wouldn't it be nice to know more about them? This app provides a starting point for learning about rocks without being a course in geology. A small collection of common rocks is provided with photographs and descriptions. There are five quizzes of increasing...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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Brochure on why Earth science is important; Location: Alexandria, VA
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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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In this lesson, students will create three-dimensional (3-D) blocks out of paper to learn about the types of faulting that occur at the Earth’s surface and its interior, and explain how earthquakes are generated by fault movement. Step-by-step directions will provide students with the necessary...
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Published in 1990
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing seven, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate common earth faults and associated landforms. The faults described are: normal, reverse, right- and left-lateral strike-slip, and oblique-slip. There are also models and discussions of...
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This PDF has three useful worksheets for students on characteristics of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks.
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By GeoBlox
Jetties are man-made structures that are built along coastlines to control the deposition of sediments at the mouths of stream channels. This model demonstrates how jetties work.
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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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