Geology Teacher Resources

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Think Like a Geologist

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Teach young scientists to think like geologists with a two-lesson collection that has them examine all kinds of evidence to peel back the layers of geological history. In the first lesson students examine examples of the Principle of...
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Plate Tectonics: Shifting Perception

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Feel the earth moving underneath you? Whether you can tell or not, there is a perpetual puzzle shifting below the Earth's crust. Use a collection of videos and presentations in a middle or high school Earth science class when discussing...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Fifth Grade

For Teachers 5th
Math/Science Nucleus provides a set of four resources that take a deeper look into the parts of the plate tectonics cycle. Each resource contains hands-on activities and labs to help fifth graders develop a better understanding of one of...
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Three Dimensional Geology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a fine lesson plan on geology designed for high schoolers. Learners use rocks, fossils, and other geological clues to determine the geology of an area. Then, they make recommendations to a fictitious city council about the...
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Geology and the World Trade Center

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the Manhattan Schist and what has it to do with the events of 9/11? As part of an examination of New York's World Trade Center, groups research how the geology of Manhattan influenced skyscraper construction.
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Earth Science Lesson Plans on Geologic Time

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Springboard your fourth and fifth graders into the study geologic time. They will complete 7 activities to learn about geologic time and the topics most often associated with it: astronomy, creation, planet formation, volcanology,...
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Virginia Geology

For Teachers 5th - 8th
If you are a geology teacher in the state of Virginia, then this resource is right up your alley! It examines the five geologic provinces of Virginia: The Coastal Plain, The Piedmont, The Blue Ridge Mountains, The Valley and Ridge...
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Ordering Geologic Events using Cross-Sections

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners analyze geologic cross-sections. Students observe proper use of SMART Board technology. They examine cross-sections and order the geologic events. Learners describe the environments in which the cross-section formed.
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Geology Rocks

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners discuss information relating to Illinois geology. They examine top mineral resources in Illinois to find detailed information about geodes and where they can be found. Students complete geode lab to explore external structure of...
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Peanut Butter Geology

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why are there old dinosaur bones in the museum? Because they can't afford new ones! The chapter contains seven hands-on activities at four different levels covering geological eras, dinosaurs, timelines, and statigraphy. 
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Google Earth Geology Field Trip

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Students take a virtual field trip around California using Google Earth. In this geology field trip lesson, students explore landforms and a variety of rocks located in California.  Students compare environments where rocks are formed....
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Undersea Geology

For Teachers 2nd - 9th
Ocean bottom geology has become more understood as our technology has developed. Teach young oceanographers the different features and landforms that are found on the floor of the ocean. Using a color code, collaborative groups identify...
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Fossil Fuels (Part II), The Geology of Oil

For Teachers 8th - 12th
More of a mini-unit than a lesson plan, these activities lead inquisitors through a survey of oil deposits. In the first part, they read about and view diagrams of sedimentary rock layers that trap oil. Next, they test porosity and...
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A Brief History of Geologic Time

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How do scientists know the history of Earth before humans—or any mammals—existed? An epic "Eons" series video explains the larger history of geologic time. It highlights the eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages scientists use to divide...
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The Geologic Carbon Cycle

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What happens to the CO2 emitted into the air by volcanoes? Scientists discovered it is removed through a series of chemical reactions, as discussed here. Through an animated diagram and chemical reaction equations, viewers learn about...
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Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The link to Ideas for Resources: Geology Manual is no longer valid, but the link to How to Teach Using Role-Playing does. Choose a realistic problem related to your focus topic, assign roles, and send your geology learners off to...
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Geologic Age

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate radioactivity as a tool for measuring geologic time and how geologists use this information to determine the absolute age of rocks or minerals.
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Geographic Regions and Backyard Geology with the USGS Tapestry Map

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A beautiful tapestry map of North America is examined by geology masters. The map incorporates the topography and geology of different regions. You can purchase printed copies or a large poster of the map, or if you have a computer lab...
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Geological Effects of Plate Tectonics

For Students 8th Standards
Don't get your classes all shook up about plate movement, instead use a thorough unit that guides learners to an understanding of plate tectonics. The lessons incorporate a study of the types of plate boundaries and their effects on the...
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Great Minds: James Hutton, Founder of Geology

For Students 9th - 12th
Don't get sedimental when you learn the history of geology. The video focuses on James Hutton who, in the 1700s, came up with a theory based on rock layers. Without using any modern dating tools, he was able to theorize the earth was...
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Geological History of Oxygen

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Earth didn't always have oxygen, so what caused the change that allows humans to live here? Learn about the change in O2 levels throughout geological history through an interactive graph. Each section offers greater detail on the changes...
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Geologic Time Scale Analogy

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learners examine geologic time to scale. In this geologic time lesson, students create a time-scale metaphor that shows some of the Earth's important events. Learners present their metaphor to the class.
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Sedimentary Rocks

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Sedimentary rocks are the building blocks of this geology lesson. In it, learners discover what sedimentary rocks are and how they form. They understand the differences between the major sedimentary rock varieties and learn what types of...
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Project Geode

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young geologists attempt to predict the appearnace of a geode's internal structure based on how it looks from the outside, its mass, and its physical characteristics. In this geologly lesson, learners use scientific equipment to collect...