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Here is a thorough, and engaging series of lessons on the ocean. Learners investigate early and modern tools of exploration, surface and sub-surface features of the ocean, the composition of ocean water and its role in the water cycle, the formation of waves and ocean currents, and marine life. This fantastic series of plans should lead to a greater understanding and appreciation for the ocean for your charges.
Test your class on earth science with this extensive resource. This test, created by The University of the State of New York Regents, is made up of 50 multiple choice questions and 32 short answer questions that cover the branches of earth science. Use the test as review or as your final exam. The answer booklet and reference tables are included in additional materials.
Students examine satellite images of Earth and contrast images at different scales. In this exploring Earth from space lesson plan, students use satellite images to contrast images at different scales, calculate distances from the scale of an image, describe a false-color image of Earth and explore how scientists use satellite images to observe changes on Earth.
Learners explore the plate boundaries of the earth. Through the use of video, internet and hands-on activities, students examine the types of plate boundaries. They create a model to illustrate the movement and interaction of the plates. Cross-curricular activities available.
Eighth graders describe how stress builds up in the Earth's crust by the movement of tectonic plates. In groups, they relate the three types of stresses to the types of plate movements and explain how the stress causes faults to form. They create their own models to demonstrate the plate movements.
Junior geologists work through three mini-lessons that familiarize them with the formation and location of fossil fuels. Part one involves reading about petroleum and where it comes from via a thorough set of handouts. A lab activity follows in part two, in which investigators experiment with the sedimentation of different sized particles. In part three, they will examine maps of the distribution of oil deposits throughout the New York region. Use any one or all three terrific activities as part of your earth science curriculum.
Do not overlook this set of lessons just because your school does not have a data analysis system. There is plenty of material here to administer a complete mini unit on the formation, distribution, and properties of coal. Since it played a major role in our history and is one our country's most used sources of energy, it is desirable to teach earth scientists about this natural resource. Here is everything you need to lead them through a lab activity, historical survey, map reading, and critical thinking application.
Students in a special education classroom are introduced to how the universe and solar system was formed. Using the internet, they research the characteristics of Earth that support human life. In groups, they compare and contrast Earth's characteristics and other planets. To end the lesson, they discuss the possibility of traveling further into the solar system.
Use the a map maker kit to have your class locate the nearest river to where you live. Trace the watershed with a blue marker. Assign each pair of pupils one of the world's largest rivers to map out in the same way. Groups compare the shapes of their watersheds and then discuss why they differ. Teach them that the surrounding topography is responsible. You can use this lesson with emerging earth scientists as you study watersheds or landforms.
Easily explore Earth's interior, its atmosphere, surface features, and movements through space with this engaging application. Designed at an upper-elementary level, informational text describes individual layers, rotation, the moon, and six of Earth's habitats.
Students discover how energy flows through communities because of the relationship between producers, consumers and decomposers. Examining various ecosystems, they identify the materials that cycle continuously through them. They label the major biomes of the Earth and discover their characteristics.
In this glaciers and glaciation worksheet, learners use Google Earth to identify various features associated with crustal rebound from the last period of glaciation. Students enter given coordinates in Google Earth and create a topographic profile. They enter data into Excel to compare distance and elevation in a give location and ultimately find the rate of rebound at the site entered.
Here is a fantastic, nine-page, multi-session lesson plan on the Zia Sun Symbol (found on the New Mexico state flag), and the seasons of the Earth. Everything you need to implement the lesson is here, and the many engaging activities are clearly explained. These activities cross the curriculum, and some impressive products are generated during the sessions.