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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.

What's In that Mineral
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In this lab students will observe the formation of salt crystals.  Adding food coloring to your solution can also act as a chemical impurity so that you can have a discussion as to how minerals such as quartz get colored.  Also students will see and be able to discuss mineral evaporation and precipitation.

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    • Salt, hot plates, stirring rods, plates (preferably paper), water.

  • I group the students in groups of 3 to 4 as I am limited to space for the amount of plates.

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Next time you are teaching your students about the scientific method, let them watch this Youtube video.  The video does a great job explaining what the scientific method is by going through the different steps of asking questions, gathering information, forming a hypothesis and then stating a conclusion.

 

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Individual/Partner Science Experiments

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    1. In this lab students will design an experiment that keeps to the scientific method.  Students will gather data and share the experiment to the class.

    2. When presenting, students will call on a volunteer who hasn’t ever seen the experiment before.  The volunteer will perform the experiment in the fashion that was written in the presenter’s presentation.

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The Magnus Effect: A practice in using a meter tape.

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    1. This activity is excellent.  Students will have a very enjoyable day and learn something in the process.  Students will be practicing using a meter tape.  They will measure the distance at which they can “fly” a pen which will also demonstrate the Magnus Effect.  They will get multiple attempts.  

    2. Students will also learn how to create or practice creating a spreadsheet that will calculate averages.

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Jobs in Earth Science Investigation Activity

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    1. In this assignment students will investigate one of the many job opportunities in a specific discipline of Earth Science.  They will fill in the attached worksheet or answer the questions in a Google Doc.

  • Time:  55 minutes

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The best rock climbing shoe lab.

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    1. In this lab students get together to try and discover which shoe in groups have the best rock climbing ability and then we discuss their conclusions and try to find out which person in the entire class has the best shoe for rock climbing.

  • Time: 55 minutes

    1. Time will depend on how your discussion goes and whether or not the groups got into the experiment and did multiple tests.

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Earth Science Concept Map Activity in Google Drawing

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    • In this activity students are introduced to Google Drawing if they have never used it before. Google Drawing is a powerful tool that will allow students to create an image or diagram that can then be placed into a document or presentation.

Earth Science Concept Map Activity
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When introducing your interjections to your language arts class, this video by Schoolhouse Rock would be a fun one to show.  This song will probably put the word interjections into their long term memories.

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Online Practice Multiplication Tool

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