Students will examine geologic maps in order to assess the likelihood and location of earthquakes in California.
Students will examine geologic maps in order to understand how water shapes the land and is stored within the land - in part of the Grand Canyon.
Students will investigate how climate affects soil and its formation. The inquiry activity will demonstrate how soil temperature is affected by water content, plant or mulch cover, and aspect.
Students will use a GIS map to compare the Rocky Mountains and the Andes Mountains. They will also investigate the relationship between mountain ranges and plate boundaries.
Students will access the National Climatic Data Center's online Storm Data Archive and collect data about severe weather patterns in their local area.
Students will simulate radioactive dating by investigating the ratio of popped and unpopped kernels when microwaved for varying amounts of time
Students will construct two wetlands models, one with constant drainage and one that maintains a well-saturated soil. Students will maintain the wetlands for two weeks and observe daily the soil, plant life, water level, and animal life if desired.
Students will learn about earthquake location kinesthetically by modeling how earthquake waves travel through the Earth at different speeds.
This interactive mapping activity will help students understand the relationship between the population of a given state and the amount of energy consumed there.
Students wil use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to investigate earthquakes, volcanoes, and population from a local to global scale. The lessons can be used with other data in the Global GIS project to investigate earthquakes in other continents.
Students will investigate how different soils have different capacities for retaining rainwater. They will also explain how and why a river can flood in a particular area.
Students will learn to listen, read, and communicate in both written and oral formats about the sky. Students will keep a "Sky Journal" in which they will record their observations over several weeks' time.