Earth Surface Features Teacher Resources
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Lessons - Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
Volcanoes are among the most spectacular geological features on the planet. Jump into an exploration of these amazing phenomenon with this multimedia instructional activity series. Working collaboratively in small groups, young scientists view videos and use online simulations as they learn about the formation of different types of volcanoes through the action of tectonic plates.
6th - 12th Science
New Review Lesson 5: Geographic Features and Landforms in the Eastern Hemisphere
What are geographic landforms, and how can they influence the development of a civilization? After learning about the different types of geographic landforms, learners create a PowerPoint presentation explaining six of the features and how they impact surrounding life.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Plate Tectonics Day 4 Earth's Interior Structure and Convection Currents
Students introduced to the interior structure of the Earth. They explore how the Earth's interior is broken down according to both it's physical properties and it's chemical composition. Students explore how convection currents within the Earth's mantel drive plate tectonics.
6th - 8th Science
Top 10 Reasons Why We Know the Earth is Round
Top tens lists are a lot of fun, and this one is educational as well! Viewers of the video find out ten reasons we know that the earth is not flat, as the pre-Colombus world believed. Some of the reasons are obvious, some are common sense, and some are surprising.
3 mins 7th - 12th Science
Lesson 3: Hemispheres, Continents, and Oceans: The Big Picture!
Using Styrofoam balls and mini pumpkins, your learners will have the opportunity for a real hands-on experience in understanding the earth's hemispheres and major points, such as the equator, prime meridian, and International Date Line. They will also identify continents, oceans, and compare and contrast a globe from a two-dimensional map.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The Case of the Mysterious Renters
Upper-elementary kids examine the water usage in their own home, then use that data to solve a case in which a landlady is trying to determine how many people are living in an apartment being rented. Combine math, scientific method, and ecological thinking with a cross-curricular, real-world problem.
4th - 6th Science
This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
Earth's tectonics plates are explained at middle school level in this PowerPoint. It is packed with maps, satellite images, diagrams, and photographs to support the concepts taught. Differentiate between the lithosphere and asthenosphere, compare oceanic and continental plates, explore three types of boundaries, and comprehend convection currents in Earth's mantle.
5th - 8th Science
Google Earth Geology Field Trip
Students take a virtual field trip around California using Google Earth. In this geology field trip instructional activity, students explore landforms and a variety of rocks located in California. Students compare environments where rocks are formed.
2nd - 7th Social Studies & History
Earth Materials Module
This slide show progresses through a comprehensive review of the grounding principles of earth science. Get down and dirty with the details of fossil fuels! Help your geologists to have a rock solid understanding of the rock cycle. The final topic of atmospheric gases and pollution will bring a breath of fresh air to your lesson.
9th - 12th Science
New Review Recycling
Raise young children's environmental awareness with this early elementary recycling activity. After discussing garbage and the importance of recycling, students perform a variety of activities that explore different ways of recycling and reusing common materials.
Pre-K - K Science CCSS: Adaptable
Planet Earth - Mountains
Rich images showcase mountain peaks from all over the world. Thick clouds of snow are brushed off of the Himalayas, and the Andes sharp, unforgiving peaks are clouded by mist. This video is non-narrated, yet it provides spectacular views from around the world.
6 mins 6th - 12th Science
Exploring the World's Geography
Young scholars discuss the seven continents of Earth and the diverse geography. After discussion, they create their own paper-mache globes which properly display all seven continents, the equator, and the prime meridian. They conduct research about the seven continents and examine maps before completing the project.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Young climatologists explore the factors that contribute to a region's climate in this two-part earth science activity. To begin, learners are provided with a map of an imaginary planet and are asked to label global wind and ocean currents before using precipitation and evapotranspiration data to identify different types of climates.
6th - 9th Science
Tear the Continents
Students tear paper into representative continent shapes and configure them with world oceans through relative location, direction and latitude and longitude starting points. They recognize the shape of the continents. Students recognize the location of the continents with respect to each other and the Prime Meridian and the Eqautor.
K - 3rd Social Studies & History
Continents on the Move
Middle schoolers examine the tectonic plates of the Earth and how the landforms of Earth have changed position over time. In groups, they identify the evidence that the continents are still moving. To end the lesson, they practice measuring continental movement.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
New Review Glaciers and Water
Explore the amazing power of glaciers with a hands-on earth science experiment! After first learning basic background information, learners go on to create their very own chunks of frozen water and gravel in order to observe first-hand the ability of ice to carve and shape the earth.
4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable