Volcanoes

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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans. General Volcano Resources: video: a volcanologist dances on lava Video: volcanic … Read More

Earthquakes

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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans. General Earthquake Resources: Google Earth Real Time Earthquake File: USGS Display … Read More

The Theory of Plate Tectonics–Accept or Reject?

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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans.  The main story line is to collect evidence of … Read More

Evidence of Sea-Floor Spreading

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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans. If you are interested, subscribe to the blog and … Read More

Modelling Earth’s Inner Structure

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The purpose of the following lessons is to build on the reasoning behind the rejection of Wegener’s Continental Drift Theory. Most students are convinced that the continents have moved over … Read More

Top Plate Tectonics Misconceptions

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One thing that I worry about when teaching is that I unknowingly perpetuate misconceptions. As I was reading this blog post, How Did Plate Tectonics Begin?  by David Bercovici (Department of Geology & … Read More

Weather and Climate unit plan

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This unit focuses on how matter and energy interact in the atmosphere to create Earth’s weather systems. This directly connects with the NGSS crosscutting concept of Matter and Energy: “ … Read More

Continental Drift Theory–Accept or Reject?

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“Scientists still do not appear to understand sufficiently that all earth sciences must contribute evidence toward unveiling the state of our planet in earlier times, and that the truth of … Read More

Inside Earth Unit Plan

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This unit tells the story of the development of the theory of plate tectonics. The students take the same journey of discovery as scientists did. This helps them understand that science … Read More

Heat Transfer: Conduction, Radiation, Convection

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photo credit: Kmecfiunit Key Ideas from Lessons:  Heat is transferred through matter in three different ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction occurs when two objects of different temperatures are in direct contact with each other and heat is transferred from molecule to molecule. Radiation is the transfer of thermal energy that does not require contact or the presence of any matter between the heat source and the object being heated. Convection is the transfer of heat by the movement of currents in a fluid (a gas or a liquid). As a … Read More