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A product of an ad-hoc SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) committee on K-12 education for K-12 educators and geoscientists involved in K-12 education.


Below is a list of all of the committee's on-line activities. They are grouped according to topic. Also included is an estimate of the level to which the activity is directed; some exercises could be modified for younger or older students. LE = lower elementary; UE = upper elementary; MS = middle school; HS = high school. Click on the name of the activity to download it.

Rocks and Minerals

ACTIVITY             

 LE 

 UE 

 MS

 HS

Panning for Gold and Magnetite  X  X    
Growing Crystals    X  X  
Urban Rocks: Investigating Stone Used for Buildings and Monuments  X  X  X  X
Exploring for Copper Deposits        X
Trading in Gems   X X  
Mystery Minerals  X X
   
This Rock is Your Rock, This Rock is My Rock   X X
 

Earth Works

ACTIVITY             

 LE 

 UE 

 MS

 HS

How Fast do Sediment Grains of Different Sizes Settle?     X
 X
Field Exercise: Stream Flow Dynamics & Sedimentation        X
Modeling an Active (!!) Explosive Volcano   X
X
 
Stable Angles of Slopes   X X  
Layer Cake Geology   X
X  
The Distance Between Us and Them: Sea Floor Spreading in the Atlantic Ocean     X
X
Plate Movements and Climate Change     X
X
Brittle vs. Ductile Rock Deformation   X
X
 

Water Works

ACTIVITY             

 LE 

 UE 

 MS

 HS

How Much Water Is There?   X
X
 
What Water Would You Drink?
X
X

Density Currents  X X
X
 


Fossil Explorations

ACTIVITY             

 LE 

 UE 

 MS

 HS

Be a "Fossil Detective:" an Effective Tool in Earth Science Education  X X X
 
Hunting Invertebrate Fossils in the Classroom X
X  X  
Fossil Excavation   X
   
Dinosaur Paleoecology: Determining the Diet of Ancient Animals   X X X
Paleogeographic Mapping  X X
X
 
Tooth Detectives: Determining the Diets of Extinct Animals   X X
 
Trace Fossils    X X
 
Tree Rings as Records of the Past X
 X X
 

Maps, Maps, and More Maps

ACTIVITY             

 LE 

 UE 

 MS

 HS

What Is a Geologic Map and How Is It Used?



X
We're on the Map!
  X
X
 
Customized Topographic Maps and Relief Models
 X
 X 

Time and Design

ACTIVITY             

 LE 

 UE 

 MS

 HS

Modeling Geologic Time
  X
X
 
Pattern and Design in Nature
X



Geology, Society, and the Environment

ACTIVITY             

 LE 

 UE 

 MS

 HS

Is the Earth Warming? A Test of the Effect of Increased Carbon Dioxide on the Thermal Properties of Air  
X
 X
Acid Rain and Geology
X  X  X
Geology in the News   X
 X  X
Shake, Rattle and Roll: Studying the Effects of an Earthquake   X X
Fenwick Island, Maryland and Beyond. Who Owns the Sand?    
X
X
The Energy Game: Finding Energy Resources    X X
 
Where Is Oil Found? X
 X X
 
Why Do We Need Petroleum?   X
 X  
Plotting the Petroleum Plume     X
X


Questions about web site: contact Carol Mankiewicz, mankiewi@beloit.edu.  Online June 1997

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