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5E Lesson Plan Template: Earth Science/Water Erosion
Think like a scientist! Investigate minerals and record progress in a scientific notebook with fourth graders. They will experiment with a variety of activities including a lab, watching a video on the properties of minerals, and taking online quizzes. Finally, they finish the lesson by completing a 3-2-1 activity in their scientific notebooks.
What on Earth is Spin?
If your head is spinning when you consider teaching the action of spinning, this video is sure to settle things. First, the motion is defined and described. The conservation of angular momentum, the Coriolis effect, and the air pressure causing extreme storms are all explained. This top-notch film can be an enriching addition to your weather or circular motion lesson, and therefore is useful to both the earth science and physical science teacher! Find links to related material from the publisher, as well as comprehension and discussion questions.
Students discover the relationship between tectonic plate boundaries and the communities of life that thrive at such boundaries. In this biology lesson, students find that methane from oxidized carbon in sediments provides nutrients for deep ocean communities. This lesson includes an experiment, vocabulary, extensive background information, and multiple web resources.
Where Did They Come From?
Give science learners nine questions about the biogeography of hydrothermal vents and turn them loose to research this fascinating habitat. Working in cooperative groups, they prepare a report that addresses each of the questions. A plethora of resource links are included for groups to glean information from! Versatile in subject matter, this instructional activity can be used in a biology when exploring habitats, or in earth science when covering plate tectonics or ocean-bottom features.
Roots of the Mariana Arc
Plumb the depths of the Submarine Ring of Fire and explore seismic waves with this lesson. Junior geologists simulate s-waves and p-waves, calculate their speeds, and then apply the data to discover the material that makes up inner Earth. Detailed directions, student handouts, and internet resources provide everything you need to present a memorable lesson on seismology.
Earth Science--Letter "F"
In this earth science worksheet, learners locate and identify vocabulary terms related to earth science that begin with the letter "F." There are 24 words located in the puzzle.
Earth Science--Letter E
In this earth science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the letter "E" and the answers are seen by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Earth Science--B Letters
In this earth science worksheet, students find the words that are related to new vocabulary with the letter "b". The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
Mystery of the Megaplume
Read through the extensive background information and then lead your geology or physical oceanography class through an investigation of actual temperature anomaly data from the Juan de Fuca ridge. They translate the data onto a plot, giving them a contour drawing of a hydrothermal plume. Resource links and extension ideas are included in the lesson plan, which may be used as an enrichment activity to enhance your normal curriculum.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Mars Opposition Dance
Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For high schoolers, follow this activity by having them apply Newton's universal law of gravitation to compute their motions mathematically.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Birthday Stars
Space explorers take a virtual trip around the sun right within your classroom! They stand in a circle facing away from the "sun" (a lamp) in the center of the room. As they move according to your instructions, they view different constellations that you have posted around the room. As a result of the exercise, pupils will comprehend the relationship between the positions of the sun and the earth. Use this vivid activity in your earth and space curriculum, especially when addressing Next Generation Science Standards for your fifth and sixth graders.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Moon Phases
We are the world! Each of your class members models Earth and holds a styrofoam ball to see its phases. Thorough teacher background information and a detailed lesson plan will make this a cinch to teach. If you do not want to purchase enough styrofoam balls for the entire class, you could either have children work in small groups, or you could perform the simulation as a demonstration.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year
How many times have you traveled around the sun? Aspiring astronomers grasp what a year is and they differentiate between orbit and rotation by walking around the sun right within your classroom. Place a lamp in the center of the room to represent the sun. Have pupils stand in a circular path to represent Earth's orbit, then show them how to move to imitate Earth's motions, being mindful of the maturity of your little spinners! Find other related lessons using the kinesthetic circle setup by the same publisher.
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In a must-have app for any beginning earth science learner, you can study flashcards, play trivia, or try to feed a hungry chameleon with letters to fill in the blanks in a vocabulary spelling game. Covering many of the important introductory concepts in geosciences, this free app is fun and informative.
What is Earth Science?
This activity tests general knowledge of scientific fields with a focus on those involved in earth science. Learners fill in 9 blanks using the provided word bank of scientific fields. In addition, there are 2 questions specifically related to earth science. The last question refers to a textbook page that is not included. The resource is based on a textbook by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.
The Basics: Earth Science
Students define terms and watch a segment from a film. For this scientific theory lesson students work in small groups and draft a theory that was discussed in the program.
Branches of Earth Science Wordle
Acquaint your class with the 4 branches of earth science with this visual representation of the different branches. Using 4 different colors, learners categorize the provided words into the separate branches of earth science: meteorology, oceanography, geology, and astronomy. This could be used as a vocabulary activity, an introduction to earth science in general, or a homework assignment.
Earth Science: The Sun-Earth Relationship
Students examine the sun's impact on the Earth. They read online articles, explore various websites, and answer questions using information found on the Internet.
Historic Earth Science Innovations
Students research the demands or limitations on Earth scientists. In groups, they design and build a model that would be useful to them in the lab or field. They share their model and their ideas behind it to the class and answer any questions.
Earth Science Lesson Plans The Proterozoic Era
Students explore the Proterozoic Era. For this geologic time periods lesson, students examine the clock of eras charts and listen to a lecture regarding the era.