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This is a lesson where learners explore plate movement and the relationship between plate tectonics and volcanoes. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes, prerequisite concepts, common... (View More)

In this laboratory activity, students analyze soil samples from their homes to identify soil properties and learn about soil classification. Soils sampled by students from different environments are compared, and students ask questions about the... (View More)

This is a lesson where learners explore conditions that might change the density of a substance, resulting in movement. Learners will observe convection and use this information to infer how movement occurs inside the Earth. The lesson models... (View More)

In this demonstration activity, a piece of toast, sandpaper, marbles and a spray bottle of water is used to demonstrate the creation of regolith. Regolith is the loose, unconsolidated sediment that forms from weathering of bedrock on Earth and... (View More)

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In this activity, students learn about the aviation hazard associated with volcanic eruptions as they take the role of an air traffic controller and calculate the amount of time it will take for an ash plume to travel to the control tower. A map of... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Wave movement is explored using a metal tray of prepared gelatin, dominoes, sugar cubes, plastic wrap and a rubber mallet, in a demonstration of physical principles supporting the study of earthquakes. The resource is part of the teacher's guide... (View More)

Students experiment with a model system made from a wooden block, sandpaper, a thumbtack, and a rubber band to understand earthquakes. In this system, the rubber band stores energy until it accumulates enough energy to overcome friction and move the... (View More)

This student worksheet provides a word find puzzle as a review of scientific terms associated with tectonic activity. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Shaky Quake. Lesson objectives... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This resource provides illustrations showing how the coastline of California will change in response to the movement of the Earth's plates. Students assemble the illustrations to create an animated flip book. The resource is part of the teacher's... (View More)

In this demonstration, an egg is used as a model of the Earth. The egg is tapped gently, to create cracks in the shell. The pieces of shell are analogous to the Earth's plates, and the cracks are used to explain plate boundaries. Using the egg, the... (View More)