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The Earth Science Teacher
The Earth Science Teacher is the member journal of GEOetc. It comes out a few times a year and contains background information, teaching resources, links to member resources, and more.
In this Edition Earthquakes and how to teach them in your classroom Member Speaks - Kate Lefever tells how she ...Read More
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Have your students read data from a USGS lava risk map and interpret the most dangerous locations and where they would want to locate. This activity would take students 15-20 ...Read More
An in-class simulation where students play the role of scientists providing information about the possible eruption of volcanoes on an island. You split your glass into these groups: Deformation team ...Read More
This activity has your students visiting five rivers around the world using Google Maps or Google Earth. They can zoom in and out on the river and record their observations ...Read More
Banded Iron Formations (BIFs) make up 60% of the Earth’s iron ore deposits. They are ancient sedimentary rocks that are made up of fine layers (millimeters to centimeters thick), with ...Read More
As a crystal grows in molten rock, the chemistry of the crystal changes as the molten material becomes depleted of elements (ie. elements are removed from the melt into the ...Read More
A ternary diagram is a great way to display data that has three variables. This activity gives students experience reading and adding data to a ternary diagram. I use this ...Read More
Feldspar, one of the major rock-forming mineral families, breaks down chemically to form clay when it is exposed at the surface to the elements. In this activity, students are trying ...Read More
The Earthy's crust is made up of an array of the known elements - but your students may be surprised at which of the elements make up the bulk. This ...Read More
One of the most important concepts when teaching students about measuring earthquakes is to have them understand that we can calculate the distance from a point that an earthquake took ...Read More
Have your students describe a fossil trilobite using a sketch, count trilobites in a sample and even draw a trilobite from a description. While this is fossil-based, this is an ...Read More
Have your students summarize the basic structure of the Earth - crust, mantle, outer core, and inner core - on this blackline master. There is room for them to add ...Read More
Have your students map the spread of volcanic products from eruptions on the planet Climeworld. They will plot on a map a spread of the plumes and see how volcanoes ...Read More
Have your students use carbon 14 data and a radioactive decay curve graph to work out the differences between occupation ages of an Aboriginal tribe on islands in northern Australia ...Read More
Have your students use foram (fossil) data to work out the changes in sea level in a bay as shown in terraces. This activity has them using map data, graph ...Read More
Have your students use tree ring data to examine climate change. The activity has students see the variation in data between two trees located in different sites in a valley ...Read More
Have your students use ice core data to work out the age of a skeleton found in the ice and describe the climate record shown in the ice core. This ...Read More
Have your students construct 3D cut-out interactive paper models of : Sea Floor Spreading Subduction Zone The package also includes two tennis-ball globes (supply your own tennis ball) - one ...Read More
Have your students look for oil using data collected from a seismic survey. No computer is required, just a set of color pencils. They color the data, interpret the image ...Read More
This is an activity where students listen to a 10-minute podcast on Weathering (Podcast is here) and then use what they learn to look for evidence in six photographs showing ...Read More
Why geology podcast - Active listening. Teacher guide Student activity Full transcript of the podcast. Have your students listen to the podcast (less than 15 mins) "Why geology and how ...Read More
Can you read an earthquake time-distance graph Have your students read a simple time-distance graph that shows the relationship between the arrival times of P and S earthquake waves and ...Read More
Where to build the hospital - Lava Risk Mapping Have your students take on the role of a volcano risk scientist and interpret a map and table to provide a ...Read More
Thunder Island - a simulation using data. Have your students work in teams to analyze data and provide advice about the possible eruption of volcanoes. This is a lively, exciting ...Read More
Earthquakes are an amazing phenomenon on our planet. They are caused by the build-up of energy in moving slabs of rock which finally break to release the energy. The breaking, ...Read More
Plate Tectonics - Subduction Zone worksheet Have your students research and then label the features of a Subduction Zone using this easy to use worksheet. Major features are included - ...Read More
Plate Tectonics - Types of crust worksheet Understanding the differences between the two types of crust on Earth is fundamental to understanding Plate Tectonics. This activity sheet allows students to ...Read More
Description : This is an activity where students have to identify rock samples based on field note descriptions. They also have to provide the evidence they used to come to ...Read More
We view our planet using different scales. Most people use just the local scale - they see what is immediately around them. Sometimes they maybe expand that field of view so ...Read More
Description : This demonstration shows how glacial grooves and striations are made by the passing of glacial ice over the underlying bedrock. Students can see the striations made in real ...Read More
Description : A demonstration that shows the relationship between sea ice melting and sea level change. Students are asked to predict if a melting iceberg will make sea level rise, ...Read More
Graveyards and cemeteries are wonderful places for students to learn about geoscience, mathematics, history, language and so much more. As a way to integrate all these topics into one field ...Read More
Description : A classroom role-play activity where students play the role of various town people when their town is being threatened by an active lava flow. This activity allows students ...Read More
Here are a series of cross section activities that you can use with your students. Each activity has a color version, a black & white version, and a suggested solution. ...Read More
This is a new and growing resource for your teaching. Each rock card provides you with images of the outcrop, an interactive hand specimen (you can zoom in and rotate), and a hand lens view.
Where is this from? This gneiss is from Gilead, New Hampshire, USA What is it? The gneiss is part of ...Read More
Where is this from? This pegmatite vein is part a granite body in North Windham, Maine, USA. (N 70.4491, W ...Read More
Where is this from? This dike is intruded into a granite body in North Windham, Maine, USA. (N 43.8393 W ...Read More
Where is this from? This granite outcrop is in North Windham, Maine, USA. (N 70.4491, W 43.8393) What is it? ...Read More
Where is this from? In 2018, Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii erupted on its lower east rift ...Read More
Print your own rock posters – downloadable PDF file. 4 full-color pages. These are 2 pages wide (17 inches/43 cm) and 2 pages high (22.7 inches/58 cm).
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Want to make your Science teaching and learning exciting? What could be better than learning about the science of an ...Read More