Have your students examine how changes in iPhone design over time may lead an iPhone to become an index fossil in the future. iPhones have changed in size, shape, type of buttons, type of charging cables, having front ‘home’ buttons,
Have your students listen to this podcast on radioactive dating. It goes just under 8 minutes. Then have them do this simple activity reading a radioactive decay curve. Students work out the ages of zones in a zircon mineral
Have your students label a diagram of the Earth’s interior layers – on one side are the chemical layers (Crust, Mantle, Core), and on the other side the mechanical layers (Lithosphere, Asthenosphere, Mesosphere Mantle, Outer Core, Inner Core).
Have your students practice reading directions from a compass – cardinal points as well as bearings. This is an important skill for any students wanting to do a field-based science study. This activity would take students 15-25 mins to complete.
A teaching resource by Mariana Garcia Serrato San Jose, CA, USA For several years I have been teaching Plate Tectonics to students and we have done several paper-pencil activities that have to do with plotting earthquakes, volcanos and landforms on
Have you students calculate the speed of the moving Pacific Plate using the ages of rocks collected on the different islands. Students measure the distance between the collection site and then work out the age difference between the sample. They
Welcome to The Earth Science Teacher. This is the quarterly member’s journal of GEOetc.com. Each quarter a new topic is covered that is relevant to the teaching of Earth Science. It is not full of ‘research papers’ – it is
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 mins to complete. This is a great activity for
An in-class simulation where students play the role of scientists providing information about the possible eruption of volcanoes on an island. Have your students list to this 9-minute podcast on how volcanoes are monitored (this is optional) You split your
This is an activity where students listen to a 9-minute podcast on the basics of river morphology and then examine 5 world rivers using Google Maps or Google Earth. Students are asked to write down their observations of each of