Teaching Activities

The 2020 IODP School of Rock took a virtual tour through the cutting-edge, hot off the presses 2050 Framework for Scientific Ocean Drilling that will guide the next 30 years of scientific ocean drilling research. Participants adapted and curated existing IODP educational materials to develop these teaching activities.

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Paleoclimate
Lenore Teevan, Springfield City District Schools
This is a unit plan for project-based learning. Students will learn about paleoclimate proxies and their importance in understanding past climates. Students will focus on one region-specific aspect of paleoclimate ...

Secrets of the Sediments - Digital Adaptation
Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School; Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School
This activity is a Google Slide playlist. Students will analyze data from sediments collected off the coast of Santa Barbara, California to determine whether this information can be used to study historical climate ...

Tectonic Plates Life Cycle Drag and Drop
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
This activity will allow students to manipulate Google slide textboxes to explore different features of tectonic plates and their interactions.

Adopt a Microbe! - Digital Adaptation
Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School; Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School
This activity is a Google Slide playlist that will introduce students to microbes that can be found in deep sea sediments, and what roles they play in their environment. This playlist is suitable for use in remote ...

Earth's Climate System
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
This activity will help students to identify and analyze factors contributing to Earth's climate systems.

Ocean Circulation Playlist
Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School; Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School
This activity is a Google Slides playlist that will introduce fluctuations in thermohaline circulation, and potential impacts of changes in these patterns. This playlist is suitable for use in remote, hybrid, or ...

Deep Sea Microbes Jigsaw
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
This activity will help students to explore characteristics of microbes that live in the deep sea. This activity can be conducted as a jigsaw or research project, and can be used with face-to-face, remote, and ...

Recognizing Patterns in Earth's Climate History - Digital Student Workbook
Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School; Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School
This activity is a digital student workbook that compliments the "Recognizing Patterns in Earth's Climate History" Lesson. Students will make observations and note patterns they see in sediment ...

Deep Sea Microbes Playlist
Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School; Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School
This activity is a Google Slide playlist that will introduce students to microbes that can be found in deep sea sediments, and what roles they play in their environment. This playlist is suitable for use in remote, ...

IODP 310: Coral Reef off Tahiti
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
In this activity, students will make observations about the core that was collected on IODP expedition 310.

Understanding the Age of the Ocean Floor
Mike Passow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
In part 1, Students will use data collected during DSDP Leg 3 to plot the age of the sea floor at distances away from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In part 2, they learn about paleomagnetic evidence and learn about the ...

Acquiring English through Children's Science Books
Eloise Gomez, Bassett High School
During a 10-week unit study of basic Earth Science concepts, students will read and translate children's books on related Earth Science topics.

Iceberg of Antarctica
Turtle Haste, Desert Ridge Middle School; Diane Nihart, Albuquerque Public Schools
After exploring the various hands-on, art, kinesthetic activities, and electronic resources after reading the book: Iceberg of Antarctica by Marlo Garnsworthy, students will develop, create, and produce their own ...

Voyage of the Arctic Project
Mallory Stone; Tamie Jovanelly, Berry College
This is a two-week long project geared towards middle school earth science teachers. This should be used towards the end of a school year when students have background knowledge on the following topics: plate ...

Global Cycles of Energy and Matter Playlist
Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School; Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School
This activity is a Google Slides playlist that will provide a way for students to learn about which elements are especially significant to the cycling of matter and energy. Includes the energy cycle, water cycle, ...