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Earth Science Lesson Plans

  • Alien Pen Pals- Students write a friendly letter to an alien informing it about the planet Earth. Students use editing skills and brainstorming skills to produce a final product.
  • Alternative Snowflakes- Children will discover how snowflakes in nature are really formed, and recreate this process with paper and glue.
  • As the Earth Turns- Why do the sun and moon seem to disappear and reappear making day and night? This lesson demonstrates the rotation of the earth.
  • Climate and Topography, What Is the Connection?- This lesson deals only with the Earth's climatic patterns as they relate to the interplay of topographic features of Earth.
  1. Earth Bags- Students will write and illustrate ideas for helping our environment on paper grocery bags that will be distributed at the local grocery store.
  2. Earth Matters- Students will understand and be able to identify the Earth's equator, prime meridian, lines of latitude, lines of longitude, parallels, and meridians.
  3. Floating Plates on the Earth- Science students develop a concept map to help them organize information, on Plate Tectonics, after reading a selection. Students then organize notes into an outline to further demonstrate knowledge of this topic.
  4. Our Physical Environment - At the the completion of the lesson pupils must be able to identify the mountain ranges of mauritius.
  5. Retrograde Motion- Students will learn the terms for objects in the heavens. Demonstrate the basic motions of heavenly bodies.
  6. Save Our Earth- Students research current environmental problems in order to develop and deliver an oral presentation. This presentation will persuade the audience to act on the student's point of view on the issue.
  7. Satellite Communication- This is a hands-on demonstration of the communication between the EUVE satellite and a scientist on Earth.
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  9. Stress and Strain- To show the stress and strain involved in the movements of the earth's crust with the use of working models.
  10. The Lunar and Terrestrial Tug of War- Students work in groups to locate, comprehend, interpret, and evaluate information about celestial bodies that influence ocean tides on Earth. Students apply this information through graphic representations.
  11. Touring Through the Beginning of Earth- Students create a series of newspaper articles about different theories of how life began on Earth.
  12. Understanding Rotation- This lesson helps students develop a better understanding of the rotation of the earth through a hands-on experiment.
  13. Water: A Never-Ending Story- Could you be drinking the same water a saber tooth tiger lapped up?
  14. Way Cool Tools for Mars Exploration- Five activities that follow the NASA mission.
  15. What On Earth- What on Earth Is Earth Science? That is what students discover in this lesson through concept mapping, discussion, and self-discovery.