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High schoolers explain the Chatelier's Principle. In this pH lesson, students identify factors that resist changes in pH of the ocean and why the ocean is becoming more acidic.
In this earth science worksheet, students answer 85 multiple choice and short answer questions on various earth science concepts.
Young scholars study La Chatelier's principle and identify how carbon dioxide may affect pH. In this coral instructional activity students complete a worksheet on pH and observe a lab.
Earth Science: How Does the Earth's Surface Change?
Fourth graders explore the Earth's changing surface. In this earth science lesson, 4th graders conduct a scientific experiment that replicates the wearing away of minerals. Students write paragraphs that make connections between the experiment and how the Earth's surface changes.
4th Grade Earth Science
Fourth graders research the changing of the Earth. In this Earth science lesson plan, 4th graders look at pictures of the Earth over time from the super continent of Pangea to present day. They discuss the changing of the planet and predict what it will look like in the future.
Lost City Chemistry Detectives
Relying on previous understanding of plate tectonics, high school oceanographers make inferences about chemical reactions that occur at hydrothermal vents. They view video clips of the Lost City hydrothermal vents and answer questions on an accompanying worksheet. Consider displaying actual specimens of the peridotite minerals produced by the chemical reaction between magma and seawater.
What is Earth Science?
Here is a unique presentation that's on Earth Science. In it, learners see that Earth Science is a science made up of four main categories: Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology, and Oceanography. Pupils are assigned a task. They must find two newspaper articles or pictures with captions that relate to two of these Earth Sciences. They must also answer three questions about the Earth Science article or photo they bring in. This is a fine PowerPoint in that it has a most-worthwhile assignment embedded in it!
Honesty and Ethics in the Science Lab
Students complete a variety of lab and discussion activities as they are introduced to ethics and honest lab practices. They perform various biology, chemistry, or physics labs which test their ethical lab practices.
Mapping the Aegean Seafloor
Earth science learners create a two-dimensional topographic map of the floor of the Aegean Sea. They use it to then create a three-dimensional model of the ocean floor features. This comprehensive resource delivers strong background information, clear activity procedures, and plenty of links to related resources. Use this when teaching topographic mapping or ocean floor features.
The Volcano Factory
Collaborative groups work together to report on the volcanic activity leading to island formation and construct models to demonstrate the process. Consider having each group present their project to the rest of the class. There are many online resources provided to support this lesson. Use the assignment and websites in your middle school earth science class when studying plate tectonics.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Longer Days, Shorter Nights
A lamp, four globes, and some signs taped around the room are all you need to set up a solar system simulation for teaching how Earth's tilted axis creates the seasons. (Sticky dots are also needed, but not mentioned in the materials list.) Use this enlightening activity to meet fifth grade Next Generation Science Standards in conjunction with other terrific kinesthetic astronomy lessons by the same publisher.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Earth's Rotation
After completing the activity, "Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year," zoom in on Earth's rotation using the same simulation setup and this outline. Each class member dons a map of the Western Hemisphere and plays the part of Earth as it rotates on its axis. They identify their equators and north poles as reference points and note what comes into view in different positions as they turn. You will certainly want to check out the other lessons that make use of the kinesthetic astronomy setup put out by the same publisher.
Interdisciplinary Applications of Chemistry Through Engineering in Modern Medicine
Young scholars explore the different techniques used in forensic science. In this chemistry lesson, students investigate a fictional crime and identify the culprit. They create a brochure or collage career bulletin.
The Tell-Tale Plume
Students examine hydrothermal vents. In this ocean activity, students identify changes in physical and chemical properties of sea water caused by hydrothermal vents.
Global Warming and Hurricanes: Is an Increase in the Number of Stronger Hurricanes an Indicator of Global Warming
Ninth graders investigate whether stronger hurricanes are signs of global warming. In this environmental science lesson, 9th graders research both sides of the issue about global warming. They debate for or against this issue in class.
Blocking the Sun: Earth's External Heat Engine and the Earth's Atmosphere
Using a detailed worksheet, advanced earth science learners examine radiation data and graphs. They compare the solar energy reaching different latitudes and the effects of the atmosphere on insolation. The exercises are comprehensive. The graphs and diagrams on the worksheets are a little lighter than the typed font, so you might have to explain if they are hard to read. Otherwise, this is a terrific resource for challenging your high schoolers.
Student Paleontologists - Delving into Microfossils
Students classify microfossils according to their physical characteristics. In this earth science lesson, students research about what phylum their fossil belong to. They prepare slides and write descriptions about them.
Weather, Sea Level Rise and Climate Change
Young scholars differentiate weather and climate. In this earth science lesson, students compare weather and climate in different regions of the world. They interpret weather graphs and compare isotherm lines of northern and southern hemisphere.
Using Satellite Imagery to Discuss the Science Behind Brazilian Deforestation
Students can delve into earth science by using satellite imagery to learn about the deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest.
Waterdrops Water Cycle
In this earth science worksheet, students read an article about the water cycle. Then they continue the story about the travels of a water droplet through time and space. Students also complete sentences by writing in the correct word found in the article.