Geyser Teacher Resources
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Although it requires a little extra preparation the first time you use this geyser demonstration, it can be used repeatedly once it has been constructed. This demonstration is useful in showcasing how heat leads to increased pressure and formation of steam, causing a geyser to erupt. Earth science enthusiasts will be blown away!
Students explore geysers. They identify the parts of the geyser and how it works. Students create a working model of a geyser. They write a brief summary about their geyser.
For this "Geysers of Yellowstone" worksheet, students watch the science video and respond to 16 fill in the blank questions regarding geysers.
Students take an online virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park. They act as park rangers to research geological features of Yellowstone, locate these features on maps, and describe and define associated geologic terms.
Such a creative way to teach and engage young mathematicians in learning about ratios! Mathematical calculations can be made, and a time frame can be calculated for the next eruption of Old Faithful (within 10 minutes) based on the duration of the previous eruption. There are many links to resources about Yellowstone, even one to a live feed to see Old Faithful erupt. Learners read information on FAQs. They then use this information to have a discussion on the mathematical data it contains. They will then do some mathematical calculations to determine unit rate based on the data given.
Introduce the topic of water conservation with a little drama. Dressed as snowflakes, hail stones, or rain drops class members dramatize the events in a narration of the water cycle. The series of lessons that follow focus on conservation techniques, hot springs and geysers, ground water, water pollution, and soil types. Activities, follow-ups, and extensions are included in each detailed plan.
In this geologist instructional activity, students identify and collect five geologic specimens that have important uses, giving an example of each. Also, they create a drawing that shows the cause of a volcano, a geyser, or an earthquake. Finally, students describe what a fossil is and how it is used to tell how old a formation is with examples. There are 9 short answer questions plus drawings required.
Students study geysers, mudpots, hot springs, and hot springs terraces at Yellowstone National Park for the differences between visible light images and infrared light images.
Fifth graders take a virtual field trip to Yellowstone National Park. They practice using new vocabulary pertaining to geyers. They use different technology tools to help them explain these concepts.
Students research the geologic wonders of Yellowstone National Park. They locate the main geologic features of Yellowstone on a map of the park. Students write a description of the geologic features to be included on the map for a self-guided tour for park visitors.
High schoolers analyze infrared imaging by looking at an image of a familiar geothermal feature, Old Faithful. They recognize the visible light image of the famous geyser, and figure out what the infrared image is showing them.
Students work in small groups to explore temperature as a measure of the average heat or thermal energy of the particles in a substance. They examine geysers and geological hotspots and volcanic calderas associated with hot springs.
Eighth graders optimize the eruption of soda from a soda bottle. In this optimizing the eruption of soda from a soda bottle lesson, 8th graders determine the number of mentos needed to optimize a soda eruption. Students make graphs of their results and discuss the data.
Students study Utah geography and compare it to other areas of the world. They watch a video and focus their discussion on the formation of geographical features, plate tectonics, geysers, earthquakes, and volcanoes.
An acid/base indicator that's made of blended red cabbage and water is used to demonstrate the various reactions that an acid/base solution goes through when some carbon dioxide gas is added. The best way to add the carbon dioxide is to drop a piece of dry ice into the solution. The color changes that result are quite amazing to see, and are caused by the changes in the pH levels that occur as more and more carbon dioxide gas is released.
Here is one of the better Spangler episodes. Two young girls perform an experiment that results in the creation of a lava lamp! Water, oil, Alka Seltzer, and food coloring are combined in test tubes to create this effect. There is a lot of chemistry involved in the description, and the girls know their stuff. This demonstration could easily be done at home or in the classroom.
A blow dryer and ping pong balls are all you need to demonstrate the amazing properties of air flow. In this demonstration, Spangler has a three year old boy as his assistant. Together, they make ping pong balls, a beach ball, and a roll of toilet paper do amazing things. An excellent way to get little kids thinking about science.
In one of the more memorable Spangler episodes, Spangler has a large terrarium filled with sulfur-hexafluoride gas, which is six times heavier than the air we breathe! It has some amazing properties, one of which it doesn't allow electricity to be conducted through it. It also drastically changes the way a person's speaking voice sounds when breathed in. Very interesting and very funny!
The thinking, and science, behind hydrogen-powered cars is beautifully demonstrated in this episode. Spangler shows how, by itself, oxygen is not combustible. However, when some hydrogen gas is added, that changes! His assistant scoops us some bubbles that have been created in a soapy solution that has oxygen and nitrogen added to it. When Spangler puts a match to the bubbles, they explode in a loud "Bang!" due to the release of energy.
In this fascinating episode, Mr. Spangler uses cornstarch and water to create a solution known as "non-Newtonian" solution, meaning that the solution doesn't behave in the way that Newton's laws would expect it to. This is one of the better experiments that he has presented in his episodes in that it's very easy to do and the results will get your kids talking excitedly about science. Very good!