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Students take a virtual field trip around California using Google Earth. In this geology field trip lesson, students explore landforms and a variety of rocks located in California. Students compare environments where rocks are formed. Lesson can be adapted for a variety of developmental levels.
Ocean bottom geology has become more understood as our technology has developed. Teach young oceanographers the different features and landforms that are found on the floor of the ocean. Using a color code, collaborative groups identify such undersea features on a portion of a world map. They also mark where earthquakes and volcanoes have occurred on their piece of the map. Is there a relationship between the landforms and plate tectonic activity? A terrific lesson for your geology scholars!
Here is a fine lesson plan on geology designed for high schoolers. Learners use rocks, fossils, and other geological clues to determine the geology of an area. Then, they make recommendations to a fictitious city council about the viability for a subdivision slated to be built on the ground they are evaluating. This small-group activity is sure to pique your charges' educational juices! Each group prepares a report which is given to the city council.
A beautiful tapestry map of North America is examined by geology masters. The map incorporates the topography and geology of different regions. You can purchase printed copies or a large poster of the map, or if you have a computer lab or laptops available, pupils can visit the interactive version at the USGS website. The online map is amazing! A worksheet guides learners through it. As a result of this activity, they get to know topography and relative age of the rock where they live.
After reading a passage about geological time and fossil evidence, Earth historians write answers to six questions about what they learned. They are also directed to design a board game that would teach players about the geological time scale. The worksheet is colorful and attractive, informative and creative. Pair your pupils up to create a game together! Teachers notes are included for your convenience.
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.
Seventh graders investigate the history of Earth by creating a geologic time scale. In this Earth History lesson, 7th graders practice sequencing events in their life as a way to get familiar with creating a time scale. Students complete their sequencing event handout and present a poster to the class of a specific era in time.
Students discuss information relating to Illinois geology. They examine top mineral resources in Illinois to find detailed information about geodes and where they can be found. Students complete geode lab to explore external structure of geode, and break one open to see if it has crystals, iron, etc., inside.
Students review an interpretation of geologic history and relate it to the formation of oil deposits. They explore and explain factors controlling the porosity and permeability of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Pupils also interpret topographic maps and construct topographic profiles.