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A fascinating lesson on how solar power is utilized by people who live in the Himalayas is here for you. In it, learners perform a case study which will help them understand that solar energy is a renewable resource, that geography affects the distribution of solar energy, and that sunlight is a underused source of energy. This impressive, 19-page plan is chock-full of worksheets, maps, photographs, websites, and detailed descriptions of high-level activities. Terrific!
Students explore Earth science by answering geology study questions. In this plate tectonics lesson, students identify where tectonic plates exist, how they move and the impact they have on the surface of the earth. Students view visual images of plates on the Internet and create a model of earth's layers using arts and crafts materials.
After viewing a short video about a climb up Mount Everest, high schoolers read about triangulation for measuring distant elevations. Have your class work in groups to construct an inclinometer and then use it to measure the height of three schoolyard trees. The video makes for a fascinating anticipatory set to practicing the triangulation technique.
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
Are you looking for a great collection of lessons and activities on the water cycle? This plan is for you! In it, second graders engage in hands-on lessons that cover science, langugage arts, and art as they study the water cycle. Topics covered are the various types of water on Earth, ground water, water vapor, clouds, and precipitation. A nice conservation element is also built into these lessons, which should help youngsters learn the value of conserving this precious resource.