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High schoolers examine hydrothermal vents. In this ocean lesson, students identify changes in physical and chemical properties of sea water caused by hydrothermal vents.
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.
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.
Young scholars classify microfossils according to their physical characteristics. In this earth science instructional activity, students research about what phylum their fossil belong to. They prepare slides and write descriptions about them.
Students differentiate weather and climate. In this earth science instructional activity, students compare weather and climate in different regions of the world. They interpret weather graphs and compare isotherm lines of northern and southern hemisphere.
Students can delve into earth science by using satellite imagery to learn about the deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest.
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.
Third graders observe the moon as it changes its appearance in a lunar cycle.  In this earth science lesson, 3rd graders record, using a T-chart, what the moon looks like each night for a week.  They discuss their observations, watch a PowerPoint lesson online, and make a moon phase booklet.
Students 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.
Students compare deep ocean conditions to those found on the moons of Jupiter. In this Earth science lesson, students consider the possibilities and conditions needed to support simple life. Students examine the habitats and life found near oceanic hot vents to determine if conditions on Jupiter's moons are life sustaining. Students will use evidence to write a paper stating if they believe life could or could not live on one of Jupiter's moons.
Students explore earth science through concept mapping, discussion, and self-discovery.
Pupils interpret phase diagrams and explain the meaning of vocabulary words.  In this ocean explorer lesson students describe two uses of super-critical carbon dioxide. 
After reviewing plate tectonic theories and the discovery of both the Atlantis Massif and the Lost City hydrothermal vents, earth science learners complete a worksheet and participate in discussions about what the types of rock found there suggest about the creation of the features. This lesson is a sufficient support to any curriculum dealing with seafloor spreading, ocean floor features, or tectonic activity. 
Learners describe advantages and disadvantages of species whose larvae are retained in seamounts.  In this Earth Science lesson students complete a lab activity.
Students watch a video about plate tectonics. in this Earth Science lesson, students watch a video clip from Bill Nye about Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics. They make a slight crack in a hard boiled egg and manipulate the egg to show divergent, convergent, and transform plate boundaries. 
Eighth graders identify the six traits of writing. They use the six traits of writing and their current study of Earth Science to create a superhero story focusing on at least 3 of the 6 traits of writing.
Students simulate mining mineral resources using cookies. For this earth science lesson, students analyze the cost and profits in mining. They write a lab report about the activity.
Third graders study the features of different moons orbiting the planets. In this astronomy lesson, 3rd graders explore the different phases of the moon using an interactive online website. They compare and contrast the features of the Earth's moon and that of the Jupiter and Saturn.
Students describe chemical changes occurring in hydrothermal circulation systems. They make inferences about the significance of these systems to ocean chemical balance compared to terrestrial runoff.
Pupils determine some practical implications of the discovery of liquid carbon dioxide in deep-ocean ecosystems. They interpret phase diagrams and explain the meaning of "critical point" and "triple point."