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Earth Science

(8 Units, 85 Lessons)

Unit 2 - The Dynamic Earth(16 Lessons)

Introduction To The Earth

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students analyze pieces of rationale for why the Earth is round, and they'll also get an introductory glimpse into the major zones of the Earth

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22 Resources

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Latitude & Longitude

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students will explore latitude and longitude in a hands-on way before diving into applying their newfound knowledge with a map of the world and of New York state.

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22 Resources

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Density & The Earth

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students try to solve a unique challenge problem showing how an aircraft carrier can float in water.

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20 Resources

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Layers of the Earth I

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students will take use their newfound knowledge of density to apply relative densities to the interior of the Earth and its associated layers. Students will also analyze how the density of each layer is primarily affected by its elemental composition.

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Layers of the Earth II

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students give oral presentations on their completed layers of the Earth project in this lesson.

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20 Resources

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Earthquakes (Day 1/2)

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students will take on their first natural disaster in this lesson. This lesson introduces students to the phenomenon of earthquakes as the creation of seismic waves caused by friction along plate boundaries and faults.

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27 Resources

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Earthquakes (Day 2/2)

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students will take on their first natural disaster in this lesson. This lesson introduces students to the phenomenon of earthquakes as the creation of seismic waves caused by friction along plate boundaries and faults.

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25 Resources

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Epicenter Lab (1/2)

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:In the first day of this two-part lab, students calculate the lag time between the arrival of (fast) P-waves and (slow) S-waves in an earthquake to help determine how far away an earthquake occurred, and get some initial practice in reading and interpretin

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24 Resources

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Epicenter Lab (2/2)

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:This second-day lab focuses on the culmination of the previous day's material - students triangulate the distance to an epicenter by analyzing seismograph readings

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21 Resources

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Earthquake & Volcano Mapping

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students diagram where the world's earthquakes and volcanoes occur - which they will eventually come to see happen primarily along plate boundaries!

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19 Resources

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Earthquake Hazards

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students use an online interface to find and evaluate the effectiveness of various seismic safety measures

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20 Resources

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Crustal Movement & Hotspots Lab

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:To understand the concept of continental drift and island formation as a result of plate movement and hotspots, students calculate the rate of movement of the Hawaiian islands during their geologic history

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20 Resources

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Sea Floor Spreading (Day 1/2)

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:In this lesson, students construct a graphical model of the ocean floor (the Atlantic Ocean), describing its physical features, identifying its plate motion and associated characteristics, and diagraming its magnetic polarity

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17 Resources

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Sea Floor Spreading (Day 2/2)

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:In this lesson, students construct a graphical model of the ocean floor (the Atlantic Ocean), describing its physical features, identifying its plate motion and associated characteristics, and diagraming its magnetic polarity

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19 Resources

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Convection & Plate Movement

Earth Science

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The Dynamic Earth

Big Idea:Students are exposed to the idea (and a brief demo) of convection as the ultimate source of movement in tectonic plates.

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18 Resources

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