Mapping the Earth Teacher Resources

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In this projections worksheet, students look at projection maps of Earth and complete short answer questions about them. Students complete 4 questions.
The equator and longitudinal lines make interesting circles to study in terms of arc length. Using Google Earth or a globe, pupils research specific questions about size and distance. This a great activity to bring some real-world application into your classroom. 
Test your class on earth science with this extensive resource. This test, created by The University of the State of New York Regents, is made up of 50 multiple choice questions and 32 short answer questions that cover the branches of earth science. Use the test as review or as your final exam. The answer booklet and reference tables are included in additional materials.
Tenth graders create maps to a secret location on the school grounds for others to follow, study topographical maps, estimate the size and shape of the Earth, explore various formations of the Earth's topography, and give an oral report on their conclusions.
Students analyze forces that shape the Earth. In this Google Earth lesson, students use databases and online tools to gather data, plot locations of tsunamis. predict where it will strike, and evaluate the locations for changes. 
Students read a chapter on the rain forest and how we can take care of it. In this rainforest lesson plan, students read and discuss how they can care for the Earth by looking at maps and the globe and discussing the ways different places need to be taken care of.
Learners explore plate tectonics and the formations of the Earth's surface and why maps are distorted.  In this Earth's surface lesson plan students complete a lab and answer questions. 
Eighth graders use different types of maps to find locations and surface features.  In this map-reading lesson plan students use a compass to find direction.
Students examine and identify the various types of maps. Using two types of maps, they compare the data that can be gathered from each one. They also identify and locate the continents and the oceans. They review the purposes of each type of map projection.
If the majority of our planet is covered with water, why do we need to bother conserving it? With a thorough and varied investigation into the location and types of water on the earth, learners will gain an understanding of why this resource is so precious. By creating a liquid scale model, then examining and coloring maps, and finishing up with a discussion, kids should grasp that just a small fraction of the earth's water is drinkable, and should therefore be conserved.
Eight groups in your class are each responsible for a different aspect of surveying the campus for a suitable rain garden location. Features to consider include water flow, topography, sun/shade patterns, land surface, vegetation, wildlife, traffic, and land use. A guide sheet is provided for each team, so gather up some clipboards and head out for a scout! This particular lesson plan is the fourth in a unit on designing a rain garden. Be aware that if you are going through the unit with primary learners, they will not be able to perform the analysis on their own.
Looking for an estimation activity a bit more involved than the typical "guess the number of jellybeans in the jar" game? Here, learners use a picture to estimate the number of people at a large event, look for potential problems with surveys, and use HTML codes to estimate the number of pages on the web. It can easily be adapted to accommodate other grade levels. Part of the activity requires Internet access and knowledge of Python 2.7 or Sage.
Students use photo images from space to create a large map of the United States or the world, find where they live and label other places they know. They are exposed to a Web resource that allows them to view photo images of Earth taken from space.
Using an allegorical apple, locating resources by country and creating a webpage are the activities for your Junior high students. After these, they should recognize that the world has limited resources and understand the importance of keeping the world's natural resources by participating in a game.
Third graders experiment to gain understanding of the shape and rotation of the Earth. In this Sun and Moon science instructional activity, 3rd graders understand that the Earth rotates on its axis and how that explains the appearance of the moon and sun.
Students discuss major causes of earthquakes and identify famous fault lines, access and map information about ten largest earthquakes in world from 1989 to 1998, and theorize about location of these earthquakes as they relate to Earth's tectonic plates. Students then track current quakes online for one week, and create multimedia presentation describing how and why earthquakes occur.
Young scholars are shown the very basics of navigation. The concepts of relative and absolute location, latitude, longitude and cardinal directions are discussed, as well as the use and principles of a map and compass.
For this map worksheet, students read about mapping the Earth's surface and answer questions about globes, maps, cartographers, types of map projections and reading maps.
Discover seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum. By research into the major milestones of aviation history your students will recognize features that enable flight, identify major technological advances in aviation and spaceflight, and describe how advances have affected the lives of people.
Students compare geography to topography. For this topography lesson, students examine the topography of the surfaces of the Earth. Students compare one feature of Earth to one feature of Mars and present in a PowerPoint.