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View Resource An Indoor Fossil/Archeological Dig

In this activity, students will participate in a simulated fossil hunt or archeological excavation. Working in groups, they will excavate fossils or artifacts buried in a container and tag, number and label, and record the position and details of each object encountered. They will make site sketches as each layer is removed. When all the objects have been found, and all the information obtained,...

View Resource A Fossil Hunt Tells the Age of Sediments

In this activity, students will identify an assemblage of fossils, determine their age, evaluate the fossil population, and make some inferences about the ancient environment in which they existed. The discovery aspect of this exercise is that all of the fossils the students will find existed together in only one time period. The environment of these fossils, a fresh water lake, is ascertained...

View Resource Resource Scavenger Hunt

In this activity, students, individually or in teams, have a set amount of time to collect as many specific elements, mixtures, and compounds as possible which are used in daily life and come from earth materials. It reinforces the understanding of the definitions of element, mixture, and compound and points out the vital link between materials obtained from rocks and minerals and the levels of...

View Resource Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity

In this exercise, students compare the amount of shaking caused by historic earthquakes, and use data from seismograms to determine Richter magnitude. They will also investigate moment magnitude, an alternative to Richter magnitude, and calculate a seismic moment. In the second portion of the exercise, students investigate earthquake intensity and prepare a map of intensity values from the 1994...

View Resource Modeling Elastic Rebound: The Earthquake Machine Lite

This activity is the first in a two part sequence designed to increase students' understandings about earthquakes. It will address the following questions: What is an earthquake?; What is the role of a model in science?; and How are scientific ideas constantly changing? The activity involves the construction of a model ('The Earthquake Machine') that allows students to explore stick-slip behavior...

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