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Layer Cake Geology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity visually introduces students to the idea of geologic time and the correlation between time, rock layers and fossils. It uses the familiar, relevant example of cake but teaches important concepts such ...

Discovering Plate Boundaries part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students work collaboratively using data maps to discover plate tectonic boundary processes. Data sets used are earthquakes, volcanos, seafloor age, and topography. The authors below have submitted variations of ...

The Cosmic Calendar part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
In this activity, one takes ALL of time, from the beginning of time (i.e., the Big Bang) all the way up to today, but one compresses it into one year. One can do this for all levels of students depending on how ...

Reading Reflections part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Reading reflections are submitted online each day before class and after completing a reading assignment. Three short questions guide the student to reflect more deeply on their understanding.

Count the Vowels part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Students are given a list of words and told to count the vowels and turn the sheet over. They are then asked to list the words. When they fail they discover how the words are arranged and find it easy to remember ...

Discovering Plate Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Discovering Plate Boundaries is a classroom activity designed to introduce students to the process of observing and classifying data, in addition to the fundamentals of plate tectonics.

Mentos and soda eruptions- lessons on explosive volcanic eruptions part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students participate in a popular experiment with Mentos candies and soda. This helps them learn about the scientific method, gas saturation, bubble nucleation, and explosive volcanic eruptions.

Ontogeny part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity allows even the youngest of learners to understand what the concept of ontogeny is, relative to humans and also applied to learning about dinosaurs.

Rainwater Harvesting Service Learning Project part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Students will gain an understanding of the history, benefits, and components of a rainwater harvesting system and partner with community members to design and build a rainwater harvesting system for their school.

Relative Dating of Geologic Materials part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
This lessons allows students to constuct the basic principals used to understand relative geologic time and the skills used to construct the geologic time scale.

GO Inquire System part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
GO Inquire is an online tool used to develop knowledge and skills of 4th grade science students in the concepts of erosion, transportation and deposition.

Polar Sea Ice part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Polar sea ice, its seasonal variability and the effects of a changing climate are introduced in this activity. Polar Sea Ice: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft Word 2.8MB Nov27 12) Polar Sea Ice: Student ...

Great Circles and Straight Lines part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
The concept of distances along great circles and straight lines is explored using maps. Airline flight paths are used as an example. Great Circles and Straight Lines: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft Word ...

Vertical Exaggeration part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Most features on Earth's surface are so small in comparison to the planet's size that we must use vertical exaggeration to make features more visible. In this activity, GeoMapApp's profiling tool ...

Landscape Regions part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Relationships between landscape appearance, topography and underlying geology are explored in this activity, with a focus upon the Adirondack Mountains area. Landscape Regions: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft ...

Rules of Contouring part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Familiarity with contour lines helps us explore topographic relief shown on maps. In this activity, we learn the basic "rules" of contouring. Rules of Contouring: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft ...

Choosing the Best Contours part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Using GeoMapApp's interactive elevation base map, we experiment to find the best contours for sensibly displaying topography in different landscape regions. Choosing the Best Contours: Annotated Teacher ...

Hawaiian Islands: Erosion and Giant Landslides part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
High-resolution elevation data on land and in the ocean is used to examine the effects of erosion on the Hawaiian Islands. The remains of remarkable offshore giant landslides are also studied, and consistency with ...

Hawaiian Islands: Volcano Ages, Hotspots and Plate Motion part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
The ages of volcanic rocks along the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain are used to investigate speed of motion of the Pacific plate, to analyze the distinctive bend in the chain, and to consider the age data in the ...

Melting ice cubes part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
Explore how melting of ice cubes floating in water is influenced by the salinity of the water. Important oceanographic concepts like density and density driven currents are visualized and can be discussed on the ...

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