Cracking Up: Plate Tectonics, Volcanism, and the Structure of the Earth
Rock Cycle Resources
Activities we are doing today include portions of “The Scoop on Moon Dirt
- Texas Geologic Map and Information
- Texas Tectonic Map and Information
- Other Maps
- Texas Coastal Monitoring Program - High school students, teachers, and scientists work together to gain a better understanding of dune and beach dynamics on the Texas coast. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin provide the tools and training needed for scientific investigation. Students and teachers learn how to measure the topography, map the vegetation line and shoreline, and observe weather and wave conditions. By participating in an actual research project, the students obtain an enhanced science education. The students’ efforts also provide coastal communities with valuable data on their changing shoreline. The Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program
United States Geologic Survey
- Geology Division (earthquakes, volcanoes, climate change); current volcanic activity at a plethora of volcanic monitoring stations, online data, images, and lots of classroom ideas)
- Water Division (stream flow, flood hazards)
- Education Materials
Some great visualizations, including a wonderful series that demonstrates how we have modeled Earth’s interior structure using seismic waves.
This interactive includes information and matching activities involving types of rocks, how rocks change, and rock cycle diagrams.
Contains photos and descriptions of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks
Geology 101 at Georgia Perimeter College
Scroll down for links to a variety of lecture notes, on minerals, igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic rocks, and more. Nice overview of terms and processes. Approximate target; teacher background.
Rock Identification Key
This site has details on a variety of common rocks and steps the user through a key to identify the rock.
Resources for Teaching Geophysics (and Earth Science) in the 21st Century
GREAT animations and visualizations for plate tectonic, volcanism, seismicity… you have to poke around a bit to get at complete activities. Use the left nav bar to get visualizations
BBC Education Online
Nice interactive image of the rock cycle
Earth Science Explorer - Rock Cycle
Nice overview, not comprehensive; teacher notes don't add much. Approximate target: middle school.
Digital Library for Earth Systems Education
Lots of tried and true activities. You will have to poke around; don’t go here if it’s 2:00 am and you need an activity for the next morning. You can search by type of product (activity, curriculum, laboratory, animation, etc), grade level, and standard. All vetted by classroom teachers. Be sure to look at some of the undergrad materials; these may be appropriate for your classroom.
Earth Observing System
Great global datasets that can be plotted and compared. Good for global change over the past few decades, not necessarily for long-term change.
Updates, articles, images, and information about current geologic events
American Geophysical Union
The American Geological Institute
Great classroom lesson ideas and resources
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