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Earth science

by Lisa Bruno
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websites and activities helpful in building a lesson in Earth science

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Virtual Museum of Fossils

Added 10/23/2009
This link would be beneficial for students learning geologic time with respect to fossil evidence. Students can browse the fossils by time or animal. They can even take a tour. Students may also learn the placement of different animals at a given time on a map. Another part of the animated map would point out the location of glaciers,deserts, clastic wedges, forests, mountains and shallow shallow seas at the time of the animals lifespan. This site can be used for fun or informational. To make it fun you can create a fossil hunt in which students are given different fossils to look up on the site and give as much information about and share with the class. They can even come up with some hypotheses on their own about reasons for adaptations as well extinctions based on what they know.

Fault Animations

Added 10/23/2009
I would use this site to help students properly visualize faults( demonstration). In a classroom I would pair it with real life examples of these types of faults. What I like about the animations in comparison to using fault blocks in class is that you see the destruction and deformation of the "land" in the animation which is often key to identifying faults in real life and on the exams.

Ground Water Activities

Added 10/23/2009
This site provides interesting ways to teach Groundwater. The site gives links for teachers as well as students. Looking through the activities I felt interested to try it myself at home. Speaking of at home this site gives students ways to do activities at home as well and games and puzzles to help with retention of terms and concepts. There are also coloring sheets. For teachers there are links for activities, publications, kits and models and educational games and tools. I personally liked exploring this website and I think you may find me using 1 or 2 of the demos in the future. I feel students would be able to visualize the idea of ground water by using the aquifer in a cup/ edible earth parfeit demo (the edible one is listed as the school demo but I think it should be the at home one.) Anything I would use in class thats online I would provide the link to my students to look at on their own time.

Essential Science: Earth and Space Science

Added 10/23/2009
Using the link for geologic timeline students will work to develop a timeline of Earths History. Students would take what they know about the creation of Earth and its processes and the solar system and attmpt to form a timeline. The timeline can only be formed after responding to what came first questions ( ex. chicken or the egg.) This learning activity enables the student to pool what they've learned to draw conclusion on the earths history. With wrong or right answers you're given an explaination as to why its wrong or right. You can then use this information when you place the event on the timeline. This activity can either be done as a class coming to a vote on answers and going through the process together. In this case I would also have the students write the correct answers down in their notes and have them fill in a printed version of the timeline. Or another option would be to make use of the computer lab and have them al do it on their own.

Layers of the Earth's Atmopshere

Added 10/23/2009
From this site you can not only use it to explain the different parts of the atmosphere but can find other links along the bottom to learn about other parts of earth science. I clcked into Geology and it gave me a lists of thinks to explore. The links to choose from on this page were Minerals ( and the stuff they are made of), rocks and the rock cycle, earth's layers and moving plates, fossils and earth history and scientists who study rocks. Each link provided good explainations and descriptions along with pictures per topic. I personally liked the link of the scientists because it payed respect to Florence Bascom, a mineralogist and petrologist, led the way for American women geologists over 100 years ago. Women in science are rarely mentioned in Geologic history. In any event this site would be good for students to explore on there own. But in class I would definetly make use of the image on Earths Atmosphere to explain it but also the link on plate tectonics because it has a really cool video about an earthquake that scientists simulated in a lab.
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