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The Great Continental Drift Mystery
Students stud the concept of Pangaea by using Wegener's clues to construct a map of the continents joined together. They determine how fossil distribution can be used to enhance the study of continental drift. They locate the following and mark them on a world outline map; Urals, Alps, Iceland, San Andreas fault, Andes mountains, volcanoes in Italy.
6th - 8th Science 27 Views 139 Downloads
Oceanography Worksheet #1
If you are teaching physical oceanography to middle school earth scientists, here is a terrific multiple choice worksheet. Learners look at a diagram of a landscape created by glacial sediment deposition and the resulting ocean floor. They also analyze a diagram depicting both a breakwater and a groin built on a beach and the effect on the incoming waves.
6th - 9th Science 15 Views 66 Downloads
The Ocean Floor
Practice reading comprehension by approaching oceanography through 2 pages of informational text. The text compares the ocean floor to the Grand Canyon to gives students perspective, and gives a brief coverage of the earth's crust and ocean floor characteristics.
7th - 8th Science 30 Views 262 Downloads
Middle school earth scientists describe the behavior of the Coriolis force. They compare and contrast conditions under which the Coriolis force has a significant impact with conditions under which it has very little. They model the Coriolis force with water and buckets to reinfoce the concepts, and then afterwards write a one-page report together.
6th - 8th Science 11 Views 49 Downloads
Life on the Edge: Exploring Deep Ocean Habitats Cool Corals
Students research the basic morphology of Lophelia corals and polyps to determine the significance of these organisms. They detail the reasons that biological communities are focusing on the Lophelia corals as major conservation efforts.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
Ocean Floor Properties and Near Shore Environments
High schoolers explore and model the characteristics of the ocean floor and near shore environments through in-class demonstrations, laboratory activities, and internet research. They use classroom materials to research the characteristics of the ocean floor and report this information to the class.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads
Marine biology beginners read about the 2005 Florida Coast Deep Corals expedition, research phylum Cnidaria, and then report on a specific coral deep-sea coral group. There is an abundance of background information and internet resources to keep your class exploring coral for days!
5th - 6th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Moons of Jupiter
Students compare deep ocean conditions to those found on the moons of Jupiter. In this Earth science lesson, students consider the possibilities and conditions needed to support simple life. Students examine the habitats and life found near oceanic hot vents to determine if conditions on Jupiter's moons are life sustaining.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
Students explore the process of chemosynthesis and relate it to the biological communities in cold seeps. In this biochemistry instructional activity students interpret analyses of enzyme activity and draw inferences about organisms in cold seep communities.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 28 Downloads
Hudson Canyon Expedition Let's Bet on Sediments!
Students investigate and analyze the patterns of sedimentation in the Hudson Canyon students observe how heavier particles sink faster than finer particles. They study that submarine landslides (trench slope failure) are
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads
Scientists Discover Giant Frog Fossil
Learners examine a world map and read a news article about the discovery of a giant frog fossil. In this earth science and current event lesson, the teacher introduces an article with a discussion about continental drift and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a discussion about Pangaea.
2nd - 8th Social Studies & History 11 Views 141 Downloads
Students study North Carolina's changing coastline during the Paleoindian and Archaic periods and determine the positions of the coastline at different times and decide what types of archaeological information has been lost due to rising sea levels.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 9 Downloads
Students discover the relationship between tectonic plate boundaries and the communities of life that thrive at such boundaries. In this biology lesson, students find that methane from oxidized carbon in sediments provides nutrients for deep ocean communities.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 23 Downloads
Deep Blue Sea
Elementary schoolers identify the ocean floor in a geological sense. They create a presentation that highlights the key features of the ocean floor. This terrific lesson plan has excellent streaming video segments embedded in it, and the activities are clearly-explained.
3rd - 5th Science 7 Views 32 Downloads
When Plates Collide
Students investigate tectonic plates. In this geology and geography lesson, students construct convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries using oobleck, foam, and tile. A large amount of background information and relevant website resources are provided for teachers and students.
5th - 6th Science 38 Views 189 Downloads