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Young scholars are introduced to the events of the Dust Bowl. Using a map, they locate and label all of the states surrounding and including Oklahoma. After also labeling the counties in Oklahoma, they use the internet to research the weather conditions that led to the Dust Bowl.
Young scholars define the origin of rock samples and how surface core samples can tell us about the history and make-up of Mars. Candies are used as a Martian surface sample. Students study the samples and make a hypothesis about the cause of any texture. Young scholars then answer questions based on their investigations.
These are two worksheets pulled from a fifty page unit plan book that centers on the Great Depression. The two worksheets displayed do not correlate to each other; however the first provides a summary of the various causes of the Depression. The second page asks questions about a text that is not included.
1. Bring two quarts of moist soil, a cake pan, a sprinkling can of water and a quart of grass clippings to class. 2. Share background material, and introduce the word "erosion." 3. Prepare a small model hill by mounding the soil in the cake pan. Explain that the mound represents a hill and that you will make it rain by pouring water from the sprinkling can. Ask learners to observe so they can report when the rain "walks" down the side of the hill and when it "runs."
Ninth graders identify and describe some, but not all relationships, among oceans, lithosphere and atmosphere. This includes students using data and information collected from their research to explain relationships among weather patterns, geographic locations and geographic features.
Students investigate various aspects of the planet Mars. They examine a core sample that is simulated to make observations. Then compare the known sample with one that is unknown and differentiate between the two. Students hypothesize how core samples help scientists determine the planet's historical life.
Students discuss the characteristics of a hazardous waste site and how they can cause health problems to humans. In groups, they research the various ways to deal with the hazardous materials and read recent articles on the subject. To end the lesson, they discuss the role of environmental groups and the government in dealing with this issue.