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

 

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

 

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

 

Does How Far Away Earth is From the Sun Cause the Seasons?

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The main idea of these lessons is to gather empirical evidence that shatters the misconception many students (non-students too) hold that when we are closer to the Sun it is … Read More

 

Directions for Making Student Earth Models and Light Bulb Sun Models

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These models are very useful in teaching the “Reasons for the Seasons” and to model the day/night cycle. They are easy to make too, which is a bonus. I made … Read More

 

Modeling Day and Night

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Before we move on to understanding what causes the seasons, we find out what doesn’t cause the seasons. By 6th grade, most students know that earth moves in two ways: … Read More

 

How to Develop a Longitude/Latitude 3D model to Explain Why They’re Measured in Degrees

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When looking at latitude lines on a map or a globe it is hard to understand that they are angle measurements and that is why their unit is measured in … Read More