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

 

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

 

Thermal Energy/Heat and Phase Changes

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Key Ideas from the Lessons: (Source: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics) Thermal energy is the total kinetic energy (energy of motion) of all the particles in an object. Heated molecules have a lot of kinetic energy and thus move a lot while cold molecules do not have as much thermal energy … Read More

 

Atoms and Molecules

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Key Ideas from the lessons: (Source: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics/AM#/,tabs-29/0,tabs-31/0,tabs-40/0) Anything made up of atoms is matter. It is because atoms take up space and have mass that all matter takes up space and has mass. Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter, and determine the properties and behaviors of all materials. All matter-solids, liquids, and gases-is made up of discrete particles (atoms), rather than being continuous and these atoms are the matter rather than contained in … Read More

 

Develop and Use Models to Explain How Sunlight Intensity Changes Throughout the Year

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Brief Lesson Descriptions: (Download the free complete lesson plans that include NGSS, student activities, teacher notes, and online resources:how the tilt affects the angle of light and light intenstity lesson … Read More