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Earth's Changing Surface
Students identify landforms created by forces of nature. In this lesson on Earth's surface, students watch a video about the Earth's surface and use satellite images of the United States to identify various changes seem in the surface of the Earth.
K - 8th Science 36 Views 153 Downloads
Earth Science: How Does the Earth's Surface Change?
Fourth graders explore the Earth's changing surface. In this earth science lesson, 4th graders conduct a scientific experiment that replicates the wearing away of minerals. Students write paragraphs that make connections between the experiment and how the Earth's surface changes.
4th Science 19 Views 83 Downloads
Changes in Earth's surface
Fourth graders use sand, clay, and water to try and make the Grand Canyon. In this Earth's surface lesson plan, 4th graders discuss how the use of water when flooded can change the Earth's surface. They explore how it would change the look of sand or clay over time.
4th Science 3 Views 16 Downloads
Earth Surface and Layers
Students depict the various layers of the Earth through an interactive art project. In this Earth's layers lesson, students listen to the book How to Dig a Hole to the other Side of the World and make speculations of why the center of the earth is made up of iron and nickel.
6th - 9th Science 34 Views 145 Downloads
Earth's Global Energy Budget
Introduce your earth science enthusiasts to the earth's energy budget. Teach them using an informative set of slides that include illuminating lecturer's notes, relevant vocabulary, embedded animations, colorful satellite maps, and a video.
6th - 8th Science 27 Views 17 Downloads
Floating Plates on the Earth
Fourth graders construct a concept map about Plate Tectonics. They include types of movement, names and effects of boundaries. They research plate tectonics, describe and name 3 types. They analyze the effect on the earth's surface of plate activity.
4th Science 5 Views 38 Downloads
The Role of the Atmosphere and Greenhouse Effect in Determining the Surface Temperature of the Earth
Students complete research and solve problems that show the factors that determine the temperature of the earth's surface including the effect of greenhouse gases. They look at the relationships between solar energy, atmosphere, and how solar energy is reflected and absorbed.
10th - 11th Science 4 Views 6 Downloads
Looking into Surface Albedo
Students demonstrate how the color of materials on Earth affect the amount of solar energy that is absorbed. In this solar energy lesson students complete a lab to explore how the color of materials on the Earth's surface impacts warming.
5th - 9th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads
Investigate and discover the importance of geodesy. Read about how geodesy is used to measure changes in location of points on Earth's surface. Students complete an activity to show location of points on a surface and fill in the blanks to complete 31 sentences about topics related to geodesy.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 19 Downloads
All the Water in the World
In a cross-curricular lesson linking math and science, examine the percentages of earth's water supply with your elementary kids using pasta or dixie cups of water. Younger learners focus on identifying local water sources on the globe or a map, then making a pie chart of the earth's water, while older kids graph the data on a bar graph after performing a brief simulation representing the distribution of earth's water.
K - 6th Science 13 Views 11 Downloads
Earth System Science
Students explore the Earth and its ability to support life. They discuss the geosphere and the water cycle and complete the Water Wonders activity. After completing the activity, they respond in their journals and reflect upon the Earth's systems.
4th - 6th Science 17 Views 134 Downloads
Young scholars explore Earth science by viewing slide-show images. In this Erosion lesson plan, students view a PowerPoint presentation with photographs of dust bowls and harsh weather. Young scholars discuss the contrasting weather in the photographs and define the terms erosion, desert and dunes.
K - 5th Science 11 Views 31 Downloads
Geological Features: How Weathering & Erosion Help Create Landforms
Students explore how the Earth's surface changes resulting in geological features and landforms. They perform a read-a-loud on Thomas Locker's Mountain Dance, complete a KWL chart, and create a landform using plaster of paris.
4th - 6th Science 52 Views 277 Downloads
Plate Tectonics and Ecology
Students explain how changes on the Earth's surface affect the organisms on it. In this earth science lesson, students connect this event to subsistence in Alaska. They listen to a local Elder's presentation and complete a worksheet right after.
9th - 11th Science 4 Views 28 Downloads
Looking Into Surface Albedo
How does the color of a surface affect the heating of the earth? Middle school science classes experiment with color and surface albedo to determine the relationship. The website has tabs for an overview, teacher's instructions, background and extension ideas, and a student lab sheet.
5th - 10th Science 6 Views 5 Downloads
Earth Surface Socratic Questions
Learners explore the ways Earth's surface is shaped by hydrologic, climate and tectonic forces by participating in a whole class discussion. They respond to prompts that lead them to conclusions about the relationships between landforms and the geologic and biologic processes that create the landforms.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Fourth graders engage in a lesson that covers the responses of the earth how it changes. The changes are covered and how it moves on the lithosphere to create landforms. Specifically, a simulation of a volcano is used to work with students to comprehend the main objectives of the unit.
4th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads