Collection of labs in Earth Science including topics such as mapping, rocks and minerals, weathering, earthquakes, plate tectonics, meteorology, earth's history and astronomy.

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Earth Sci: Weathering

by Virginia Malone

A simple demonstration of rock weathering using a salt block from your local feed store.
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Students will observe how the interaction of atmospheric conditions effect weather and climate. The pre-requisite skills required for this activity should be commensurate with grade level. They should have prior knowledge of the earth as a planet, water, and air.
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This is a very simple model of root wedging. Students are also asked to explain the limits of the model.
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Paper, pencil and ruler are used as a model to illustrate the Coriolis Effect. Unlike the marble on the turntable model, this model seems to convince students that the line they are drawing should be a straight line.
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Hands On Activity: Repeat Eratosthenes' Experiment
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Students will perform a simple lab involving the use of a spring scale and various masses to determine the strength of the gravitational field strength at the surface of the earth (9.8N/Kg). The influence of varying mass on the strength of gravitational forces is explored as one step toward the ultimate goal of constructing Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation. Follow up activities will provide the opportunity to explore the exact influence of distance on gravitational forces and to calculate the value of the Gravitational Constant, G.
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These activities help students understand glacial basic movement.
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This lab will give students background knowledge on snow, water, ice properties and apply glacial understanding to their local area.
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Rocks Minerals and Landforms Science Kit

by Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES Math Science Technology Dept

The learning experiences in the Rocks and Minerals and Landforms kit support the NYS Intermediate Science Core and its focus on Earth Science. Through the use of the skills of observing, classifying, collecting data, interpreting data, and manipulating data, students will investigate the properties of rocks and minerals. Students will observe and test rocks and/or minerals for color, texture, layers, cleavage, streak, reaction with hydrochloric acid, attraction to magnets, and conductivity of electricity. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org
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Solar Systems Science Kit

by Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES Math Science Technology Dept

This unit provides students with the opportunity to research the planetary bodies of our solar system, create models of our solar system, and investigate relationships between the planetary bodies of our solar system. The science skills emphasized in the solar system kit are discussing, observing, creating models, comparing, and predicting. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org
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This lab will help students understand the study of ice cores for climate data.
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This activity looks at what causes the Earth's seasons, with a focus on the Earth's tilt and spherical shape. Students learn how sunlight spreads over the Earth by modeling different tilts and calculate the relative sunlight intensity received by the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to understand seasonal differences between the hemispheres.
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Phases of the Moon

by Alicia Feddor

This is a 5E-style, active-learning lesson developed to help students better understand the relationship between Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Students are required to physically model how the phases of the Moon are created. Extensions include developing an understanding of eclipses. Although many curricula include phases of the Moon at the elementary level, many students still maintain many pre- and misconceptions about this topic. It is very worthwhile to revisit this topic at a higher level.
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Can we predict the direction the Moon would travel if the force of the gravity were to suddenly disappear?
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Rock Cycle Models

by Lori Haven

Students will gain an understanding of how rocks move through the different types of rocks.
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Blackbody Spectrum

by PhET Project

How does the blackbody spectrum of the sun compare to visible light? Learn about the blackbody spectrum of the sun, a light bulb, an oven, and the earth. Adjust the temperature to see the wavelength and intensity of the spectrum change. View the color of the peak of the spectral curve.
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Cavendish Lab

by Janet Pinto

This lab guides student through a process similar to what was done with Henry Cavendish's experimental results to determine G and the mass of the Earth. They also use the data to determine the Law of Gravity as Newton did. The lab instructions mention a program from Vernier called Graphical Analysis but a graphing calculator or Excel also can be used.
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This unit introduces students to the concept of generating electricity from the wind. Students will familiarize themselves with these concepts through reading, answering assessment questions, and by conducting a lab where they will construct and test a windmill to observe how design and position affect the electrical energy produced. Based on their lab results, students will also engage in a follow-up activity using a magnetic compass to measure the actual power generated by their windmill.
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