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Earth Science: Plate Tectonics
Students examine the movement of the oceanic plates. They construct shoe box models simulating divergent plate boundaries and a mid-ocean ridge spreading center. They discover how magna rises and the plates are pushed away from the ridge.
Quiz #2 - Branches of Earth Science
For this earth science quiz, test-takers use photographs posted around a classroom to identify the 4 branches of earth science. They receive bonus points for identifying the event or activity of a scientist associated with the photographs. If you were interested in using this resource, you would need to post photographs around the room displaying the different branches of earth science.
Earth Science A Word Search
In this word search worksheet, students locate words related to earth science. The word list includes nitrogen, oxygen, sea breeze, atmosphere, and during the day.
The Big Balancing Act
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.
It Looks Like Champagne
Students 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."
High schoolers describe Archaea. For this biology lesson, students examine biological communities and the role Archaea plays. High schoolers will compare and contrast the Archaea with bacteria and eukaryote.
What's the Connection?
Students explain hardground communities in the Gulf of Mexico. For this deep-sea ecosystem lesson, students investigate the connection between deep-sea ecosystems and petroleum deposits. They discuss the relationship between hydrocarbon seeps, chemosynthetic communities, and deep-water coral communities.
Hydrothermal Vent Challenge
Give our ocean voyagers the "Hydrothermal Vent Challenge!" It is a worksheet that guides them through an exploration of hydrothermal vents and the chemical reactions that occur when lava meets seawater. Using a collection of websites, they gather the answers to questions and then participate in a discussion of their newly-found knolwedge. Use this in high-school chemistry when studying chemical reactions, or in a geography class when studying plate tectonics.
It's a Gas! Or is it?
Examine the effects of temperature and pressure on solubility and the states of matter of ocean water. Learners make inferences about the unique chemistry of ocean water at different depths. They engage in an activity related to solubility principles and complete a worksheet.
Student Guide: Evolution Videodisk from Videodiscovery
Students use this worksheet with the videodisk from Video discovery titled Evolution: Inquiries into Biology and Earth Science.Written because there is no computerized control program available, it is to be used with a standard videodisk remote control.The guide provides step-by-step instructions so that students can do this activity on their own.
Is the Coast Really Toast?: A Lesson About Volcanoes, Phase Changes, and the Art of Estimation
Clever! Use a clip from the 1997 film, Volcano, to get your chemistry class knee-deep in heat concepts related to lava. In the movie scene, lava flow is stopped in the nick of time. Your class must use calculations to determine if this could actually happen. Use this activity as an assessment after introducing learners to the concepts of specific heat and latent heat.
Digging Into Science Lesson Plans
In this biology instructional activity, students identify and write the various species that are still present today. Then they define evolution using three words. Students also describe what a fossil is and give some examples related to a particular species.
Forces of Nature: Ring of Fire
Third graders will research the Ring of Fire and be able to share their findings with their partner. They will also demonstrate volcanic eruptions using a baking soda and vinegar volcano model. Then they will discover how continental drifting takes place. Inquiry based activities are included.
Students complete a variety of activities related to the physical characteristics of minerals. They classify and group candy, classify rocks and complete a Pet River Rock worksheet. Students try to guess which rock goes with each description, analyze a collection of rocks, and classify six minerals according to their luster.
The Changing Earth
Students observe and analyze weathering. In this earth science lesson plan, students demonstrate physical and chemical weathering in two experiments, then write questions for a class Jeopardy game.
Rocks and Minerals
Review the difference between rocks and minerals using this resource. Learners identify and investigate the physical properties of these objects. They create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast types of rocks. This is a motivating way to explore this topic.
Conditions at Sea Introductory Activity, Making Waves
Students explore waves and wind. In this physical and earth science wave lesson plan, students participate in a wave making activity with an aquarium and a hair dryer. Students complete a data chart recording wave height and related factors. Students answer questions about wave formation based on their data collection.
Dew Point Temperature
Students compare the room temperature to the temperature of a can of ice water. In this physics lesson, students determine the dew point temperature of a can of ice water by recording the temperatures of the water over time and observing the outside of the can for condensation.
Physical Changes and States of Matter - One
Third graders study the three states of matter and identify the physical changes that take place between them. There is an initial teacher-led demonstration followed by a meaningful whole-class inquiry. These two activities should lead to a greater understanding of physical changes that take place between the three states of matter. Very good lesson for early elementary scientists!
Living with the Heat
Young oceanographers study the Submarine Ring of Fire, which is a series of deep-water volcanic vents that come up from the ocean floor. Learners take a close look at the unique ecosystems that are associated with these areas, how these volcanoes are formed, and the effects they have on the ocean life around them. This incredibly thorough plan has many terrific websites that kids access to further their learning about the Submarine Ring of Fire.