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Learners examine the tsunami of 2004. They look at what created the wave, the destruction it caused, and the needs of the survivors. Pupils utilize an interactive website that sheds further light on the causes of tsunamis and the types of organizations that assist the survivors. The lesson is packed with great activities, worksheets, a quiz, and a terrific culminating activity.
Explore Earth and her amazing layers with this lesson on planetary change. Students will research the ways in which Earth's layers cause change. They will complete a "Tectonic Puzzle" and use a worksheet to answer questions about Earth's crust, mantel, and core. Web links and worksheets are included.
Fifth graders are introduced to the concepts of weathering and erosion. In groups, they rotate between different stations to discover how each process effects different landforms. To end the lesson, they discuss each change in the environment and how to slow the effects of erosion.
Middle schoolers identify and explain that remote sensing can detect changes on the Earth's surface that occur over time, and name at least three: urbanization, deforestation, and succession. They select a global change issue to investigate and prepare a short presentation to the class with audio-visuals about their issue(s) or what are the hot topics in current events.
Students explore the Earth's crust. In this earth science lesson plan, students participate in 2 activities that demonstrate physical and chemical weathering. Students also play Jeopardy with topics including volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, glaciers, and plate tectonics.
Young scientists explore the Earth from the inside out. The Earth's inner and outer core are studied, as are the movements of the tectonic plates that are the cause of so many earthquakes and volcanos. This nine-page plan contains many excellent worksheets and activities that are age-appropriate for first graders. This is an ambitious topic to cover for such young learners, but I believe this lesson is written in just the right manner.