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The earth sciences are the focus for this Jeopardy-style review game. Categories include geology, space, scientific investigation, meteorology, and oceanography. Diagrams and pictures are involved with most of the questions, making this a visual learning experience. If these are topics that you have covered, you can use this presentation as a pre-test review. Otherwise, it is a resource for filling time on a rainy day!
Have your class engage in lessons on earthquakes. Learners explore the science behind earthquakes using interactive websites and video clips. Then, they review the layers and parts of the Earth before delving into the causes of earthquakes. They also discuss other natural disasters caused by these phenomena, such as tsunamis.
Fourth graders research the changing of the Earth. In this Earth science lesson plan, 4th graders look at pictures of the Earth over time from the super continent of Pangea to present day. They discuss the changing of the planet and predict what it will look like in the future.
Students study the amount of water existing on the Earth and its forms. In this Earth science instructional activity, students study maps of the total land and water masses for the Earth. Students complete an experiment to learn about salt water and use a graphic organizer to summarize the path of a water drop takes to the ocean. Students write a descriptive text about what happens to an ice sheet that melts too quickly.
For this earth science quiz, test-takers use photographs posted around a classroom to identify the 4 branches of earth science. They receive bonus points for identifying the event or activity of a scientist associated with the photographs. If you were interested in using this resource, you would need to post photographs around the room displaying the different branches of earth science.
Acquaint your class with the 4 branches of earth science with this visual representation of the different branches. Using 4 different colors, learners categorize the provided words into the separate branches of earth science: meteorology, oceanography, geology, and astronomy. This could be used as a vocabulary activity, an introduction to earth science in general, or a homework assignment.