Collecting Rocks. By Rachel M.
Barker Rocks Tell the Story of the Earth The Earth is made of rock, from the tallest mountains to the floor of the deepest ocean. USGS Schoolyard Geology. USGS Geology in the Parks. USGS Schoolyard Geology. Download this page as a Microsoft WORD document | Download this page as a PDF Document As a geologist, you need to practice describing rocks in detail.
It's not enough just to say "it's a rock". You need to be very specific and mention each of the properties that make one rock different from another. Find a particularly interesting rock on your schoolyard. It can be either natural or man-made. USGS Schoolyard Geology. The main purpose of this web site is to introduce teachers to the geologic features on their own schoolyard.
We hope to open their eyes to the possibilities for teaching geology to students in a familiar, easily accessible, and personally relevant setting. We have divided the site into three individual lessons: Teaching Sequence The lessons are completely independent but can work together as an effective sequence. The map exercises of Lesson 1 come first because teachers can refer to the schoolyard map throughout future exercises. During the mapping exercise, students will realize that there are geologic materials all over their schoolyard. Crosscutting and Superposition. GeoMan's Mineral and Rock Identification. Schools Science Clips - Rocks and soils. Mineral Properties, Uses and Descriptions. Diamond Diopside Dolomite Enstatite Epidote Fluorite Fuchsite Galena Garnet Glauconite Gold Graphite Gypsum.
Mineral Resource of the Month. Mineral Resources - The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom. Science Olympiad Materials - Rocks and Minerals. Common Misconceptions About Rocks and Minerals — Rocks and Minerals. Although the research base for geologic misconceptions is not as extensive as that of other disciplines within earth and space science, it is clear that students and teachers alike hold a wide range of incorrect ideas about rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle.
To promote accurate scientific instruction, it is important that teachers are cognizant of their own understanding and seek to continually improve their content knowledge. Formative assessment can provide a great deal of insight into student thinking before, during, and after instruction. Finally, teachers should be metacognitive practitioners and reflect on how their methods of instruction may lead to the formation or strengthening of existing misconceptions. Geologic Misconceptions Geologic misconceptions can take many forms – the language used to define and describe specimens, relevant properties for classification, the rock cycle, and geologic time. Communication Breakdown. How We Use Minerals Games. Rock and Mineral Prospecting.
Primitive Technology and Native Arts Continued from Page 1 Rock and Mineral Prospecting Any long-term survival training should include techniques for mining and collecting ores and other useful minerals.
A mineral is composed of either a single element (like gold) or compound of elements (like sodium chlorine - aka table salt). As a rule, minerals have a solid, crystalline form. Rocks are created initially by magma (below the surface) or lava flowing above the surface of the earth. How are rocks formed ? Rock Cycle. Rock and the Rock Cycle. Interactive Rock Cycle Animation. Rocks, Rock Information, Facts, News, Photos. Rocks are so common that most of us take them for granted—cursing when we hit them with the garden hoe or taking advantage of them to drive in tent pegs on summer camping trips.
But what exactly is a rock? To geologists, a rock is a natural substance composed of solid crystals of different minerals that have been fused together into a solid lump. The minerals may or may not have been formed at the same time. What matters is that natural processes glued them all together. Rock Key. The Rock Identification Key - by Don PeckRock Key Table of Contents What Are Rocks?
Rocks are what the crust of the earth is made of. They are the mountains and the bottom of the ocean. They are everywhere on earth, but often buried under soil. Rocks are made of minerals, like quartz, calcite, feldspars, and micas. Layers of the Earth. Dynamic Earth . Intro. The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit—A Teacher’s Guide for Hands-On Mineral Education Activities. Wegener's Puzzling Evidence Exercise (6th Grade) Although Alfred Wegener was not the first to suggest that continents have moved about the Earth, his presentation of carefully compiled evidence for continental drift inspired decades of scientific debate.
Wegener's evidence, in concert with compelling evidence provided by post World War II technology, eventually led to universal acceptance of the theory of Plate Tectonics in the scientific community. The following files are needed for this exercise and can be downloaded in pdf format (Teacher Overview, (For Teachers) Wegener's Key to Continental Positions for grade 6, Student Puzzle Pieces, Key to Wegener's Evidence sheet, and Student Map of the World Today). If students need additional hints beyond those provided below, there is a Puzzle Outline Hint to be used as a base for the puzzle. Objectives. Teaching Geological Time Eras To Students With Help From This Video. Home Page. Now_and_Then.
When you first find a fossil it is sometimes hard to tell what kind of animal it belonged to.
It is usually just a part of the original animal. Learn about Erosion. Learn about Weathering. Lesson.pdf. Eye in the Sky. Environmental Issues Lesson Plan: Reducing Waste. Grade: 01 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because). Grade: 02 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.6. HumanFootprint.pdf. Learn about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. StudyJams. Shake, Rattle and Slide. Exploring Rocks and Minerals. 50 Really Cool Online Tools for Science Teachers. A 21st-century education revolves around the Internet for everything from collaboration, tools, lessons, and even earning degrees online.
If you are looking for ways to integrate online learning into your science class or science degree programs, then take a look at these cool online tools that are just perfect for both teachers and students. Science Tools to Use with Students These tools offer opportunities for learning about climate, cells, the human body, nature, and more. ChemiCool. Share this periodic table with your class for an easy to use tool with information on each of the specific elements.GPS Activities and Lesson Plans. Bill Nye The Science Guy & Rocks & Soil FULL EPISODE. Rocks for Kids - 15 Fun Activities and Ideas - Teach Junkie. The Magic School Bus. Geology Online Lesson Plans. Videos - Geology. Geology may be a science that moves very slowly, but a number of videos bring the subject to life for students. Education World compiled some great videos that will get kids excited about the topic. For each one, we include a description and grade level.
We also note the video’s capacity for engagement (“cool factor”). The Geology and Formation of the Western Land of U.S.