I show this video during my unit on volcanoes when discussing the two Hawaiian volcano flow types, Pahoehoe and aa lavas. It shows both very well and I have the students shout out what type as the video plays. There is also a great view as to what a shield volcano looks like so I pause it at that point to discuss why a shield volcano takes on the shape that it does. I also talk about the cooling of the lava and how it hardens and turns into solid basalt.
This volcanic eruption video is fantastic. A few people are on a boat when they see the eruption. What is amazing about it is the shock wave that is heard a few seconds afterward. Also you will be able to see the clouds get parted as the shock wave sores through the atmosphere. It is really a cool video to show students during you volcano unit.
In this science video Veritasium does a fantastic job interviewing the public to see if they know what it actually means to be a solid, liquid or a gas. It is fun to watch people try to remember from their schooling what the science answer is. This would be a great video to show when introducing 3 of the 4 states of matter to your chemistry or physical science students.
In this activity, students will briefly examine 10 fields/disciplines of Geology: hydrology, volcanology, mineralogy, paleontology, stratigraphy, seismology, petrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, and crystallography. They will pick one of those disciplines that they find interesting and find a job description in that field. Students will also find a salary range and what type of education they would need in order to obtain that salary. When students are finished, they should have an idea that there is money and great careers as a scientist in the field of Geology.
In this Earth Science digital activity, students will get to locate specific water eroded or deposited landforms. The activity will enhance their understanding of Geo Coordinates. Students will get to use Google Earth and become more proficient with it's use. Students will get to see actual satellite views of their vocabulary words instead of just memorizing the definitions. Vocabulary that will be reinforced are: Meanders, oxbow lakes, sediment, river types (old, mature, young), delta, deposition, erosion, alluvial fan, and flood plain.
In this Earth Science Earthquake activity students will explore the USGS current earthquake website. Students will understand what is to be found on the USGS Earthquake website. They will discover how many earthquakes have occurred recently. Students will gain an understanding of what the Mercalli Intensity Scale is used for. Students will discover the 5 largest recent earthquakes that have occurred around the world. They will gain a better understanding of geography as well by using maps and map scales to determine distances from an earthquake epicenter.
In this EdTech Earth Science activity students will use Google Drawings to create an image that demonstrates the three main types of earthquake faults, Transverse, Normal, and Reverse. They will find 2 real images of each type of fault. They will draw arrows pointing in the direction that the forces, shear, compression, and tension are moving on each image. They will also find and add an actual diagram of each type of fault. Finally students will label the hanging wall and footwall on each image except for the transverse/strike slip.
In this web research activity students will research 14 volcanoes via the internet. All of these volcanoes are famous for either their size of eruption or the continuous eruptions that they have. They are famous for causing large tsunamis, huge pyroclastic flows and lahars, as well as some that might not be so dangerous but have flowed continuously for many years. Students will enhance their geography knowledge by plotting the volcanoes locations on a plate tectonic map. They will find out when the last eruption occurred.
In this Earth Science activity students will gain a deeper understanding of the following Vocabulary: seismologist, seismograph, seismogram, epicenter, P-Wave, S-Wave, Wave Amplitude, Magnitude, and Richter/Moment Magnitude Scale. Students will create a digital spreadsheet that will help them calculate data they gathered by looking at actual seismograms. Technology is incorporated throughout the lesson. Students will determine the P and S wave arrival times and use that information to triangulate the location of an epicenter in Arizona.
This Google search activity allows students to go to the internet to search for specific minerals and then to use the Periodic Table to discover what the mineral is made out of. This activity usually takes a full 50 minutes for the students to find all of the answers. I usually discuss the answers at the beginning of class on the following day so that they have as much time as needed to find the answers.