What is a Core? Playlist

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School


This activity is a Google Slides playlist that will introduce students to the basics of cores, how they are collected, and what kind of data they contain. This playlist is suitable for use in remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction and can easily be added to a Learning Management System.

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Suitable for middle grades science or high school earth science courses while studying geology or earth's history.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should be familiar with using Google Slides. This is an introductory assignment. No prior knowledge is necessary.

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity can be used as a stand-alone activity or in combination with a unit on geology or earth history. This activity is suitable for remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will describe how cores provide a record about earth's history.

Students will explain the importance of scientific ocean drilling.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will analyze infographics.

Other skills goals for this activity

Description and Teaching Materials

This activity is housed in Google Slides and should be used in "edit" mode.


Teaching Notes and Tips

The link allows access to a "view only" copy of the playlist. You can choose, "File" then "Make a Copy" from the toolbar to create an editable copy. A "force copy" link is provided on the first slide. This activity is easily integrated into a Learning Management System.


Students will complete activities as they progress through the playlist that provide formative assessments of the material being introduced. Students can submit the slides in a Learning Management System so teachers can check their work.

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