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Do not overlook this set of lessons just because your school does not have a data analysis system. There is plenty of material here to administer a complete mini unit on the formation, distribution, and properties of coal. Since it played a major role in our history and is one our country's most used sources of energy, it is desirable to teach earth scientists about this natural resource. Here is everything you need to lead them through a lab activity, historical survey, map reading, and critical thinking application.
Junior geologists work through three mini-lessons that familiarize them with the formation and location of fossil fuels. Part one involves reading about petroleum and where it comes from via a thorough set of handouts. A lab activity follows in part two, in which investigators experiment with the sedimentation of different sized particles. In part three, they will examine maps of the distribution of oil deposits throughout the New York region. Use any one or all three terrific activities as part of your earth science curriculum.
This extensive earth science practice test is composed of 50 multiple choice questions and 31 short answer questions. The questions cover weather, the water cycle, geology, the solar system, and more. Many of the short answer questions refer to pages in the answer booklet. This answer booklet is provided in additional materials. Answers to the multiple choice questions are not included, but there is answer sheet for those questions. Earth Science Reference Tables are not included.<
More of a mini-unit than a lesson, these activities lead inquisitors through a survey of oil deposits. In the first part, they read about and view diagrams of sedimentary rock layers that trap oil. Next, they test porosity and permeability of different sediments. In part three, they consider the need for geologists to use topographic maps. The fourth part can only be used if your school has a data analysis system that you can access for relevant data. These are top-notch activities that can be used individually, together, or in addition to "Fossil Fuels (Part I)," also available via the Lesson Planet website.
What a creative way to explore earth science. Have your class simulate the mining of natural resources. Using Play-Doh, learners recreate the core drilling process to determine the amount of minerals present. They write a detailed lab report describing the process they followed.