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Eighth graders use different types of maps to find locations and surface features. In this map-reading lesson students use a compass to find direction.
Students investigate the geography and agricultural products of the Midwestern United States. In this US geography lesson, students watch and discuss a video that depicts the Midwest of the US as the breadbasket of the country. They make billboards which advertise an agricultural product that would be associated with this part of the country.
Students 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.
Students examine pictures of various landforms before placing them on a chart under the appropriate label.They sing songs about landforms to the tune of "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain." Next, they use non-edible baker's dough to make a model of one of the landforms.
Students use maps to locate and label the major rivers of North and South America. Using the internet, they identify forests, grasslands, mountain ranges and other landforms on the continents as well. They compare and contrast the lengths of the Amazon, Mississippi and other river systems.
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.
Students explore the history of the Earth and the study of geology. They explain the different time periods in the history of the Earth. Students create a salt and flour map of the Earth as it was during their time period. They research the time periods that are assigned to them.
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. Students identify the continents and major world oceans by name.
National Geographic's MapMaker Interactive is a wonderful tool to use when introducing your hydrologists to the water cycle. Show your class Earth's oceans and the movement of water from place to place. Then, using a large colorful diagram, show them the movement of water from the surface to the atmosphere. Bring the lesson plan home by returning to the MapMaker to locate your city and examine the local features that transport water. Close by giving the classic assignment of writing a story about a water-droplet's journey through the water cycle. The MapMaker feature boosts this lesson plan up above average.
If the majority of our planet is covered with water, why do we need to bother conserving it? With a thorough and varied investigation into the location and types of water on the earth, learners will gain an understanding of why this resource is so precious. By creating a liquid scale model, then examining and coloring maps, and finishing up with a discussion, kids should grasp that just a small fraction of the earth's water is drinkable, and should therefore be conserved.
Geology junkies will make a foldable that covers a lot of ground regarding Earth's internal structure, its position in the solar system, and an explanation for its seasons. Templates and a printable page of instructions are included. Once assembled, learners will color, personalize, and add written information as you determine. Note that the instructions are only for crafting the foldable, not for what to write on it; you will need to provide verbal directions or type them up.
In this tectonic plate worksheet, students learn about the movement of the plates that make up the earth's crust. They read about the Theory of Pangaea, lithosphere, divergence, convergence, and plate transformation. Students then answer 10 questions using the information they just learned. The answers are on the last page.
Learners analyze fault data from Plate Boundary Observatory. In this earth science lesson, students use Google Earth to download data from PBO. They explain the magnitude of plate movements using the vector arrows on the map.
Middle schoolers 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.
Fifth graders research the concept of how tectonic plates float and move on the lithosphere. They create a model of the earth's plates and design another earthquake damage prevention model.
Pupils examine a variety of landforms that are found on the Earth and compare and contrast the distinguishing qualities of these forms. A topographical model of the landforms is made.
Eighth graders examine the forces that are constantly acting on the Earth. They describe the theory of tectonic plates and demonstrate the two kinds of earthquake waves. They also examine the role of volcanoes in the structure of the Earth.
Young scholars determine the names of various landforms and design a model of one. For this landforms lesson, examine a topographic globe by passing it around and feeling its surface. They sing a variation of "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" before making a model of one of the landforms found on the globe.
Students read about and identify on maps the physical characteristics of mountains. In this mountains lesson plan, students also write about the characteristics using personification.
Seventh graders use the internet to research the landforms of Mississippi. They write descriptive paragraphs about the area and use peer editing. They create a map of Mississippi as well.