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Origins: Earth is Born

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pupils collect and identify micrometeorites from space. Students create collection devices and retrieval methods for matter. They prepare slides and view particles found. Pupils discuss where the identifiable particles originated from.
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Middle and Recent Earth History

For Students 7th - 12th
In this fossils instructional activity, students will read about the discovery of fossil leaves by Edward Golenberg. Students will complete 3 short answer questions based on the reading.
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Research and Resources

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use research skills to explore conservation of natural resources. They explore methods that scientists use to learn about the world and design their own explorations. Students also research the way natural resources are...
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Weather Tools

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore Earth science by participating in a weather identification activity. In this scientific instrument lesson, students identify several weather related tools such as the weather vane, thermometer and rain gauge. Students...
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History of Life

For Students 5th - 8th
In this history of life activity, students will explore how mass extinctions have occurred on Earth, the different periods of the geological time scale, and scientists' use of fossil records. Students will complete 3 fill in the blank...
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Energy Resources

For Students 7th - 9th
In this energy resources worksheet, students read about the greenhouse effect and global warming. Then they explain why scientists are so concerned with greenhouse gases. Students also describe how global warming affects people worldwide.
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Mount St. Helens Shakes and Burps

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students uncover the nature of volcanoes and locate some of the world's active, dormant, and extinct volcanoes. They also discover how scientists detect, measure, and predict volcanic activity.
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Geologic Time Measurement

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders gain an understanding of various methods (e.g., rock sequences, fossil correlation, radiometric dating) used by scientists to estimate geologic time. Students read in the content area, use note-taking strategies and...
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Effects of the Sun on Our Planet (Grades 9-12)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the Earth's magnetosphere and observe the effects of the sun's energy on it. They discover the difference between true north and magnetic north. They also explore how solar cells convert solar energy to electricity.
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Global Warming

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine how human produced emissions of carbon dioxide contribute to global warming. Using the internet, they research the future effects of global warming on the Earth. In groups, they discover ways to reduce daily...
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Science Italian Style: Eruption!

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore ways scientists prepare for a volcanic eruption. They observe films of earthquakes, oil spills, volcanoes and hurricanes. Students perform activities to demonstrate the relationship of viscosity to lava flow. They...
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Geometry of Exploration: Eyes Over Mars

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students research how engineers and scientists generate linear and angular measurements with geometry to survey the Earth and Mars. They assess how geometric shapes affect navigation. A surveyor comes to the classroom and explains how he...
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Personality Profiles of the Scientific Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students study the scientific accomplishments of Nicholas Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Isaac Newton. In groups, they research one of the scientists and make a visual model or presentation that shows the scientist's...
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Geology and the Battle of Gettysburg

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers create geologic maps of the Gettysburg battlefield. In this geologic skills lesson, students consider the variations of Earth's surfaces and explore strategies employed by the North and South in the Battle of Gettysburg to...
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What's Happening With the Moon?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the process of scientific inquiry. Using this information, they identify the patterns and cycles of the moon as it revolves around the Earth. In groups, they model the phases of the moon from the Earth and Sun's...
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The Dirt We Depend On; How Soil Was Formed Reading Comprehension Worksheet

For Students 4th - 6th
In this soil formation reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 2 page non-fiction article. They answer 19 questions including fill in the blank, multiple choice, and true or false about weathering of the Earth as soil is renewed.

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