Showing posts with label Earth Science Week. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Earth Science Week. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Seven Science Lessons that Utilize Google Earth

Google Earth is one of my favorite tools for students and teachers. The more time a person spends learning the many features of Google Earth, the more that person will see that Google Earth can be used for a lot more than just social studies lessons. I have seen many good science lessons incorporate Google Earth.  Since this is Earth Science week, I've dug up some science lessons that utilize Google Earth.

The Extreme Ice Survey offers a Google Earth file (clicking the link will launch a KML download) that displays the results of the Extreme Ice Survey. In this Google Earth file users can view glaciers, historical data about glaciers, and some video clips about shrinking glaciers. The Extreme Ice Survey website has high quality photos and time lapse videos from the surveyors.

The California Solar Irradiance Map (link launches KMZ download) is a Google Earth file that illustrates how much solar energy could be generated in one year from a horizontally oriented solar panel. The file can be used to see how much energy could be generated from the entire state. The file also includes thousands of individual data points showing how much energy could come from each individual place. Turn on the "placemark data" layer to view individual points.

Richard Treves has a built and shared lesson plans about flooding and volcanoes. The lesson plans include the Google Earth files that your students need to complete the activities. Richard's blog is an excellent source of information on all things Google Earth.

Declan Butler from The Great Beyond blog on has created a Google Earth file displaying all of the world's nuclear reactors. Each placemark on the map is color coded according to reactor type. Click on each of the placemarks to learn more about each reactor. You can view the file in your browser by going to The Great Beyond blog or by downloading the kmz file. As Declan points out in the blog post, it would be interesting to have students combine the nuclear reactor layer with layers of information about population density, earthquakes, and tsunamis to evaluate the possible consequences of nuclear reactor melt-downs.

Earth Labs at Carleton College offers an excellent set of directions for working with Google Earth to explore watersheds and USGS watershed data.

Appalachian Voices is a featured project in the Google Earth Outreach gallery. The project uses Google Earth along with other tools to show people the effects of the practice of mountaintop removal mining.

One of the featured projects on the Google Earth educator's page is a lesson on plate tectonics. The lesson was developed by Cheryl Davis for 5th and 6th grade students.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

151 Activities for Earth Science Week

This week is the American Geosciences Institute's Earth Science Week. The Earth Science Week website has a list of 151 Earth Science lesson activities. The can be searched according to grade level, content standard, and topic. Many of the lessons include hands-on activities for students to do on their own, with a classmate, or with their parents. A few of the hands-on activities that I think students will like are modeling an oil reserve, earthquake machine, and chocolate rock cycle.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Get Ready for Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is coming up next week. In preparation for Earth Science Week I thought it would be appropriate to share some resources that teachers might find useful. The theme of this year's Earth Science Week is "no child left inside." Earth Science Week is sponsored by the American Geological Institute. The "for teachers" page of Earth Science Week has some good lesson plan resources, but you may want to look at some other resources for getting kids outside and learning about Earth Science.

The Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council has lesson plans that are appropriate for students in grades K through 12. Some of these lessons will get kids outside.

The Science Spot offers lesson plans that will get kids outdoors. Some of the lesson plans on the Science Spot were designed with a specific geographical area in mind, so you may need to adapt the lesson to meet your local geography.

NASA is contributing to Earth Science Week by offering lesson plan resources that are appropriate for use in grades K through 12.