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.

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.

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, ...

Oman Drilling Project Core Analysis #2
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
This activity uses core images and graphics as a way for students to analyze data. Students will use the key in order to determine the substances present in the Oman Drilling Project core.

Oman Drilling Project Core Analysis GT2A-120Z2
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
This activity uses core images and graphics as a way for students to analyze data. Students will use the key in order to determine the substances present in the Oman Drilling Project core.

Tectonic Plates Analysis
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
This activity will help students to visualize the interactions of tectonic plates, as well as the life cycle of tectonic plates.