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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.
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.
Students describe Archaea. In this biology instructional activity, students examine biological communities and the role Archaea plays. Students will compare and contrast the Archaea with bacteria and eukaryote.
Learners explain hardground communities in the Gulf of Mexico. In 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.
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.
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.
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. 
In this biology worksheet, 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.
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.
Learners 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.
Students observe and analyze weathering. In this earth science lesson, students demonstrate physical and chemical weathering in two experiments, then write questions for a class Jeopardy game.
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.
Students explore waves and wind. In this physical and earth science wave instructional activity, 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.
Ninth graders identify, explain, and diagram information related to the theory of plate tectonics in this interactive, technology-based Earth Science lesson for 9th grade. Emphasis is placed on in-class discussions and problem solving techniques.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
Students observe the development of chemosynthesis in bacterial communities.  In this bacteria lesson students explore that chemosynthesis is and how it is relevant to biological communities.