Mapping the Earth Teacher Resources
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Surveys and Estimating Large Quantities
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.
What is Sustainability?
Using an allegorical apple, locating resources by country and creating a webpage are the activities for your Junior high young scholars. 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.
The Earth is Flat
Third graders experiment to gain understanding of the shape and rotation of the Earth. In this Sun and Moon science lesson plan, 3rd graders understand that the Earth rotates on its axis and how that explains the appearance of the moon and sun.
Earthquakes And Fault Lines
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.
Ozone: The Earth's Security Blanket
Young scholars work in groups to define and research the terms: ozone, troposphere and stratosphere. Students watch videos, conduct Internet research, participate in discussion groups and complete worksheets.
Photogeologic Mapping of the Moon--Exercise Sixteen
Students ,while assessing the Moon and all its components, explore the techniques of constructing geologic maps of planetary surfaces. Through experiments, they grasp the concept of superposition and make interpretations about the geologic history of part of the Moon. In addition, they view and analyze photographs of the Moon.
Where is Here?
Students 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.
Directed Reading, Section: Mapping Earth's Surface
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.
Milestones of Flight
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.
Compare Topography of Earth and Mars with a Worldwide Telescope
Students compare geography to topography. In 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.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Become a natural-hazard mapper! Your young scientists discuss plate tectonics, map regions of the US where earthquakes are likely to occur, and explore a population density map. Do people avoid living in areas where earthquakes are common? This plan includes several inks to additional sources. There's even a site where your learners can create their own tornado! They'll be thrilled to play around with this game!
Tsunamis with a Latitude
Students evaluate earth science by examining maps in class. In this world geography lesson, students examine a spherical map and identify several important locations including the prime meridian, Antarctic Circle and tropic of Cancer. Students complete a worksheet based upon latitude and longitude coordinates and tsunami awareness.
Cruising the Mantle
Students explore the plate boundaries of the earth. Through the use of video, internet and hands-on activities, students examine the types of plate boundaries. They create a model to illustrate the movement and interaction of the plates. Cross-curricular activities available.
Consequences of Checkerboarding
Students examine the Dawes Act and how it offered to turn Native Americans into farmers on land previously used for reservations. In groups, they discover the concept of checkerboarding in which whites own most of the land in reservations today. To end the lesson, they research the ways tribes are trying to get their land back.
Introduction to Coral Reefs
Students identify locations of coral reefs, both in the water and around the globe, identify relative depth of corals in the ocean by observing behavior of cold and warm saltwater, and create models of coral reefs.
Time Zone Maps
In this time zones instructional activity, students read a detailed paragraph about the Earth's 24 times zones, their 15 degree width, and the increase in hours for each zone. Students study the world time zone map and then answer the four questions about various times in the world. Students then write a story about going backward or forward in time and draw a time machine.
Time Zone Maps
In this interpreting a world time zone map worksheet, students read a review about the time zones, observe a map, and answer questions. Students write four short answers and one writing activity.
Eighth graders take their own "core sample" with clay and/or play-dough and correlate the layers of the earth.
Oceans and Continents
Students use maps and a globe to discover the differences and similarities of continents and oceans. They practice the names of the seven continents and four oceans by learning songs and poems to help them remember.
Read a Map ... It's a Snap!
Learners are introduced to map and globe skills. They use grids and are able to construct their own simple maps of familiar places. Students are able to define a map, globe, and symbol and use the direction words north, south, east, and west to describe movements. They are able to use a grid to construct a map of their own.