USGS: Geology in the Parks

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Resource ID#: 32801 Primary Type: Text Resource


General Information

Subject(s): Science
Grade Level(s): 7
Intended Audience: Educators educators, Students
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, LCD Projector
Instructional Time: 30 Minute(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: geology, plate tectonics, landforms, rocks, faults
Instructional Design Framework(s): Direct Instruction
Resource Collection: NSDL

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Lesson Plan

Dig It! (A Thematic Integrated Geology Unit):

This lesson (2 parts) is an engaging way to strengthen student understanding of the Law of Superposition and evidence of Earth's changes over time. Students will excavate "fossils" from plastic tubs in class and then have the option of a larger outside excavation. The lesson not only supports science benchmarks but Math and Language Arts Standards as well and has an optional Social Studies extension. Materials are required but can be easily obtained and are reusable year after year. The more imagination you put into setting the context, the more powerful the lesson's outcome.

Type: Lesson Plan

Teaching Idea

Plate Tectonics:

It provides Plate Tectonics with evidence to explain the process of Earth evolution. Video presents how this theory makes sense in terms of the shape of different lands. Also, it presents other evidence to support Plate Tectonics.

Type: Teaching Idea