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K-12 Earth Science

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The Society for Sedimentary Geologists (SEPM) encourages all geologists to become involved in earth science education by sharing their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with students and teachers. In this SEPM resource, the goal is to help K-12 educators improve earth science education by identifying activities that directly impact and enhance classroom instruction; to foster geoscientist involvement in K-12 education; and to offer information for students interested in careers in sedimentary geology. There are classroom activities about rocks and minerals, water, fossils, maps, and geologic time. Each activity gives background information, materials, time required, grade level, procedure, and additional activities for follow up. There is also information on careers in sedimentary geology, as well as ideas for geoscientists on how to become involved. Links to more web materials are provided for additional resources.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences

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Using the virtual microscope, students will zoom, pan, and rotate specimens in variable light conditions, helping to develop their classification and identification skills without need for high cost microscopes and thin section preparation facilities. The virtual microscope may be used as a complete collection or reused and repurposed individually, since each specimen will have a unique URL. The intention is to engage and excite students in Earth science using rocks of the British Isles held in key collections, and aid teaching of mineral and rock identification skills in HE institutions and schools. We plan to explore continued expansion of the initial collection by offering a digitisation service to HE institutions and industry.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Interactive

Authors: Andy Tindle, Simon Kelley

The Algebra of Earth Science

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In this activity, students will graph carbon dioxide levels against temperature change over time and examine the data to look for trends. Another plotting exercise is provided in which they examine the relationship between the retreat of glaciers and sea level change. Non-linear trends (exponential or quadratic) are discussed and students investigate them by plotting population against time. Since many of the measured parameters in Earth science change with time, students will try to find if these changes are linear or not, and whether they can be used to predict future trends.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive